Souvenir, Souvenir and Flee Take Home 2021 Sundance Awards
- Written by ZF Team
Two animation films, Souvenir, Souvenir (Bastien Dubois) and Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen) win at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
The world premiere of Flee animation documentary by Jonas Poher Rasmussen at Sundance Festival brought its first victory. The film, a co-production between Denmark, France, Sweden and Norway) tells the story of Amin. Amin arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. Today, he is a successful academic and is getting married to his long-time boyfriend. A secret he has been hiding for 20 years threatens to ruin the life he has built.
Flee was awarded the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary.
Jury Statement: This film mixes the personal with the universal. It’s a remarkable blend of film genres which manages to take the audience into a global issue while following an intimate story. It elegantly mixes humor, music and drama and is not afraid to shock. It’s an instant classic. Everything you are looking for in a film
Flee is produced by Final Cut for Real, in a co-production with animation studio Sun Creature, Denmark, Vivement Lundi!, France, MostFilm, Sweden, and Mer Film, Norway. ARTE France and Vpro, Nederland. Participant and Neon will co-distribute the film
In the short animation section, Bastien Dubois (Oscar-nominated for his Madagascar animation short) was awarded the Short Film Jury Award: Animation for another travelogue: Souvenir, Souvenir.
For ten years I pretended I wanted to get my grandfather to share his memories of the Algerian War. Today, I’m not sure I want to hear what he has to say, or whether I want to make this film at all.
Here's the award acceptance speeches (Bastien Dubois: 19', Jonas Poher Rasmussen: 39')