International title: Josep
Original title: Josep
France, Spain, Belgium, 2020, 71’
Language(s): French, Spanish, Catalan, English
- César Awards 2021; Best Animated Film
- European Film Awards 2020; European Animated Feature Film
- Athens International Film Festival 2020; Best Screenplay, Audience Award
Synopsis: February 1939. Spanish republicans are fleeing Franco’s dictatorship to France. The French government built a concentration camp, confining the refugees, where they barely have access to hygiene, water and food. In one of these camps, separated by barbed wire, two men will become friends. One is a guard, the other is Josep Bartoli, an illustrator who fights against Franco’s regime.
Director’s bio: Aurel is a French illustrator born in 1980. He is working as a press illustrator for the national daily Le Monde and the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaîné. Aurel has published around twenty books, including two non-fiction comics. In 2011, he co-directed with Florence Corre his first animated short film, Octobre Noir. Josep is his first feature film.