Part of SFFILM Festival
Marona’s Fantastic Tale
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
Marona is a mixed-breed pup who has a profound impact on every human she encounters. After an accident, she journeys into the past, revisiting all of the humans who shaped her perception of the world. This beautifully expressionistic depiction of a dog’s innocence, from Crulic (Festival 2012) director Anca Damian, offers an emotional story about love and loss. The film’s colorful, fluid, and child-like animation creates the perfect backdrop for the landscapes that engulf Marona throughout her journey. In French with English subtitles. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
“Marona feels vibrant and upbeat even in moments of melancholy – like diving into an artistic child’s sketchbook and watching the illustrations splash to life all around.” –Peter Debruge, Variety
Anca Damian is director, writer, and producer who has made both live-action and animated films and has made documentaries as well as narrative features. Among her works are Crossing Dates (2008); Crulic – The Path to Beyond (Festival 2012), winner of the Best Feature Cristal prize at the Annecy International Animated Festival and CPH:DOX’s Amnesty Award; The Magic Mountain (2015); and Moon Hotel Kabul (2018).
“I was haunted by a true story: I saved a female dog, which actually is now named Marona, about five years ago on the streets of Bucharest, Romania… I took care of her until she was adopted. She gave me so much in exchange… I believe that it’s very important to speak about empathy to a family audience. Our society and educational systems lack a lot of efforts on this topic. I thought we could touch upon other important ideas, about how we take care of others, about finding happiness in the small things, about life and death, about love. So I decided to do a film about this ‘she’ dog, Marona.” –Anca Damian, Animation Magazine
Original Language Title L'extraordinaire voyage de marona
Director Anca Damian
Producer Anca Damian, Ron Dyens, Tomas Leyers
Writer Anghel Damian
Editor Boubkar Benzabat
Music Pablo Pico
Cast Lizzie Brocheré, Bruno Salomone, Thierry Hancisse