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Little Animocje: Even mice belong in heaven, reż. Jan Bubeníček, Denisa Grimmová

"Even Mice Belong in Heaven" is the story of a little mouse - Czmyszka, who wants to prove her courage and faces a fox - Rudeus. As a result of an unexpected turn of events, they both end up in heaven for animals. Only there will their real adventures begin.  

The animation is a moving story about hope, love and courage. A story of friendship that only seems impossible on the surface. The screenplay of the film was based on the novel by the Czech writer Ivy  Procházková.

"Even Mice Belong in Heaven" was made using the puppet animation technique. The Momakin company from Łódź was responsible for  the production of the dolls, almost half of which were created in Poland (including the main character of the mouse - Czmyszka),  for the animations - among others Polish artists: Katarzyna Okoniewska, Piotr Ficner, Stanisław Szostak, while the author of the music for the film is Krzysztof A. Janczak.

The main producer of the film is the Czech studio Fresh Films. Co-producers are Polish Animoon and French Les Films du Cygne and Slovak CinemArt. The film was made with the financial support of the Polish Film Institute and in co-production with EC1 Łódź – Miasto Kultury, Canal+ Polska S.A.

Festivals

  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 2021, France
  • Shanghai Film Festival, 2021, China - award in  the category of best animation
  • ANIFILM, 2021, Czech Republic - jury award and distinction
  • Children's Cinema, 2021, Poland - special mention
  •  Lucas - International Young Vision Film Festival, 2021, Germany - award in the category of the best feature film
  • Festival Voix D'Etoile, 2021, France - award in the category of best sound and best performance of an actor
  • SCHLINGEL International Film Festival, 2021, Germany - award in the category of the best animated film
  •  International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Zlin, 2021, Czech Republic - special award
  • European Film Awards, 2021 - nomination in the category of best animated film
  • Tallinn Film Festival, Estonia, 2021 - distinction
  • Nomination for Caesar, award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Technology in the category of best animated film, 2022
  • Český Leo, 2022 - nomination in the category of best music and best animated film
  • Czech Film Critics Award in the category of best audiovisual achievement, 2022


Jan Bubeníček

Jan Bubeníček is a graduate of Bretislav Pojar's studio  at the FAMU Film School in Prague. He also attended workshops at the Shintoku Film Festival, the Kobe Animation Festival, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Yamagata Film School  and the University of Art and Design in Tokyo, the latter as a teacher. His film The Three Fuo was selected from Kodak's European talents at the Cannes Film Festival. His filmography includes the short films Lewis' Watch, The Three Fuo and The Pirate. His full-length animated debut Murderous Tales was released in 2016. Jan also has extensive experience with CGI and VFX animation: for several years he worked as a 3D boss at the Emmy-winning Universal Production Partners studio in Prague.

 

Filmography

  • 2000 - Huráá na princeznu!; director (short)
  • 2001 - Tri FuovTri Fuové; director (short)
  • 2002 - Pirát; director (short)
  • 2016 - Smrtelné historky; director (comedy, crime)
  • 2021 - Even Mice Belong in Heaven; director (family, comedy)

 

Denisa Grimmová

Denisa Grimmová was born in 1976. She is a director and writer known for such films as: Even Mice Belong to Heaven (2021), Zabíjecka (2001) and Capí film (2003).

 

Filmography

  • 2001 - Zabijecka; director (short)
  • 2003 - Capi film; director (short)
  • 2008 - Lavickári; director (short)
  • 2021 - Even Mice Belong in Heaven; director (family, comedy)