Friday, May 20, 2022

Annecy: ‘Flee’ Wins Top Cristal Award in Feature Competition

Animated documentary Flee won the top Cristal for a feature film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which concluded on Saturday.

An international co-production helmed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Flee follows a man, Amin (a pseudonym), who recounts for the first time his journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were among the executive producers.

The Hollywood Reporter review called the movie “a powerful and poetic memoir of personal struggle and self-discovery that expands the definition of documentary.”

Monica Hellström and two-time Oscar nominee Signe Byrge Sørensen produced via Final Cut for Real. It was also produced by Sun Creature Studio, Vivement Lundi!, Mostfilm and Mer Film. Neon acquired North American distribution rights to Flee after its Sundance premiere.

Along with the Cristal, Flee claimed the Gan Foundation Award for distribution on Saturday. Additionally, among several special prizes awarded on Friday, Flee and its composer Uno Helmersson received the award for best original music in a feature film.

Twice in the last five years, the winner of Annecy’s Cristal for a feature went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for best animated feature. Those films were  I Lost My Body, which accepted the Cristal in 2019, and My Life as a Zucchini, which won the top Annecy prize in 2016 en route to an Oscar nomination.

Additional Annecy honorees included The Crossing, which received the Jury Distinction for a feature film; My Sunny Maad, that collected the Jury Award for a feature film; Vanilla, which earned the Cristal for a TV  production; and Replacements, which won the Cristal for best VR Work.


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