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5 years after the war: growing up between an Iraqi father and a Jewish mother

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Discover 5 years after the war, a touching and funny animated short film by Samuel Albaric and Martin Wiklund, Ulysse Lefort (aka Quart Avant Poing). At first glance, the story might seeem quite simple:  5 years after filming the first time his cousin Tim met his Iraqi father, Samuel Albaric wanted to tell the story of their encounter.

Behind this pitch is the complex story of a child trying to find his place in the world, growing up “between an absent Iraqi father and a pervasive Jewish mother, Tossed around by the great upheavals of the modern times.”

Samuel Albaric, Martin Wiklund, and Ulysse Lefort created a beautiful piece of art where two visual styles collide: the first one grounded in the real world, with rotoscope animation and a French apartment, the other very fluid and surreal, with onirical sequences and a camera free to wander everywhere. Popular culture references are included: you will recognize most of them at first glance. For our non-French readers, “Rabbi Jacob” and  refer to The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, a very popular French movie from 1973 directed by Gérard Oury. The plot revolves around a bigoted businessman (played by Louis de Funès) and a kidnapped revolutionist from the Middle East (Claude Giraud as as Mohamed Larbi Slimane). Both of them disguise themselves as rabbis (Rabbi Jacob and Rabbi Zeligman) to escape from assassins.

Directors: Samuel Albaric, Martin Wiklund & Ulysse Lefort
Script: Samuel Albaric
Animation: Martin Wiklund & Ulysse Lefort (Quart Avant Poing)
With: Timothée Dray et Jaffar Abdalla
Directors of Photography: Sarah Cunningham, Gurvan Hue
Image & sound editing : Julien Ngo-Trong
Sound: Christophe Penchenat
Production: Les Fées Productions & Miyu Productions
Guitar: Victor Pitoiset
Violin: Aramis Monroy
Cello: Annissa Altmayer-Henzien
Double bass: Yann-Lou Bertrand
Percussions: Benjamin Magnan
With the support of France Télévisions, la Mairie de Paris, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Fonds Images de la Diversité – Commissariat général à l’égalité des territoires.
With the support of the Sacem in association with the Maison du film court and the support of the PROCIREP and the ANGOA.

For more information, you can also check out this interview with two of the three directors:

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