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Max & Co

Original title: Max & Co
German title: Max & Co
Switzerland, 2007

Director: Guillaume, Samuel & Frédéric
Production company: MAX-LeFilm
Co-producers: Ciné Manufacture SA, Future Films Ltd., Nexus Factory, Télévision Suisse Romande
Age recommendation: 7 years and up

Synopsis:
Animation. 15-year-old Max sets off for Saint-Hilare in search of his father, the famous troubadour Johnny Bigoude, who disappeared shortly after Max's birth. He is waylaid by Sam, a rascally fairground entertainer, and introduced to the delights of the amazing Fly Swatter Festival. When Max finally gets there, Saint-Hilaire turns out to be the private kingdom of Bzzz & Co., infamous manufacturers of flyswatters, run by the degenerate Rodolfo. Musical virtuoso Max makes a big impression, especially on smart, lovely, resourceful Felicie, who convinces Rodolfo to hire him...

Comments:
High budget animation from Switzerland.

Switzerland's first stop-motion animated feature is a beautifully made and successfully ambitious project using exquisitely crafted figures made by British duo Mackinnon and Saunders. It has enough repetition, wit and style to win over the hardest of hearts. (Justin Johnson, London Int. Film Festival 2007)

Jury's statement at Kristiansand 2008: "We are proud to present the award to a film that shows a great amount of originality and inventiveness. It sparkles with energy and is loaded with absurd humor. The action sequences are brisk and breathtaking, technically it is impressive. The classic battle between good and evil has been given a new and fresh spin. Our heroes are both charming and funny and have been given recognizable features. It is a pleasure to present this award to a European film that on no level is inferior to its American relatives. This film deserves a long life in movie theatres!"

Festivals:
Annecy (awarded), London Int. FF 2007, Antwerp/Brugge 2008, Istanbul International Film Festival 2008, Kristiansand 2008 (awarded), Nicosia/Cyprus 2008, Montreal 2010

Website: www.maxlefilm.com

World sales address/es:
Wild Bunch (F)

Sold to:
Gaumont (F)
Best Hollywood (HU)