Someone plunders a village in the darkness. A family is forced to flee. The two oldest children, Kyona and Adriel, are quickly separated from their parents and have to face the exile on their own. They embark on their heroic journey -  a trip from childhood to adolescence, hoping to find their family and shelter. Crossing the entire war-torn continent and avoiding being hunted down with other migrants, the brave siblings have to go through many trials, before they reach the new world of freedom.

This animated feature made using paint on glass won a special mention at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2021.


Festivals 

  • 2021 Annecy International Animated Film Festival - Winner - Best Feature Film
  • 2021 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival - Nominee - Best Film
  • 2021 Bucheon International Animation Film Festival - Audience Prize Winner - Feature Film
  • 2021 Bucheon International Animation Film Festival - Grand Prize Winner - International Competition - Feature Film
  • 2021 Bucheon International Animation Film Festival - Special Award Winner - Seowan University President's Diversity Prize
  • 2021 Festival du nouveau cinéma - Audentia Prize  Winner - National Competition - Feature Films
  • 2021 Festival du nouveau cinéma - Innovation Award Winner - Best Feature Film
  • 2021 Haifa International Film Festival - Golden Anchor Award Nominee - Best Debut Film
  • 2021 Leipzig DOK Festival - Audience Award Nominee - Best Documentary
  • 2021 Leipzig DOK Festival - Gedanken-Aufschluss Preis Nominee - Best Film
  • 2021 San Sebastián International Film Festival - Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Prize Nominee
  • 2021 Torino Film Festival - Achille Valdata Award Winner
  • 2021 Torino Film Festival - Prize of the City of Torino Nominee - Best Feature Film
  • 2021 Warsaw International Film Festival - Free Spirit Award Winner - Special Mention
  • 2022 International Cinephile Society Awards - ICS Award Winner- Best Animated Film
  • 2022 Lumiere Awards, France - Lumiere Award Nominee - Best Animated Film (Meilleur film d'animation)
  • 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival - Young Cineastes Award Nominee
  • 2022 César Awards, France - Nominee - Best Animated Film (Meilleur film d'animation)

Florence Miailhe

Florence Miailhe - born in 1956, graduated from the Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She directed her first short film titled Hammam in 1991. Many of her animated shorts produced using the original paint on glass technique have been repeatedly awarded at numerous festivals. Her film “Au premier dimanche d'aout” received the 2022 César for the best short film and “Conte de quartier” was awarded a special mention at the Cannes festival in 2006. In 2015, she received the life achievement Crystal Honour Prize at the Annecy festival. She worked as a teacher at numerous schools of animation: Gobelins, ENSAD, Poudrière. Most of her movies were created in partnership with the writer Marie Desplechin. In 2021, her first feature animation,  “The Crossing”, on which she worked 10 years, won a special mention at the Annecy Festival.


Filmography

  • 2021 La traversée, director (feature)
  • 1991 Hammam, director (short)
  • 1995 Shéhérazade, director (short)
  • 1996 Histoire d'un prince devenu borgne et mendiant, director (short)
  • 2002 Au premier dimanche d'aout, director (short)
  • 2003 Les oiseaux blancs, les oiseaux noirs, director (short)
  • 2006 Conte de quartier, director (short)
  • 2008 Matieres a rever, director (short)
  • 2013 Méandres, director (short)