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Ari Folman Takes on Animated Anne Frank Feature

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2013 at 3:31PM

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, who animated the Oscar-nominated documentary about his experiences serving in the Israeli military, "Waltz with Bashir," and combined live action and animation in this year's Cannes entry and European Film Award-winner "The Congress," will now tackle another hybrid genre. He is set to start production in 2014 on an animated historic family film about World War II diary writer Anne Frank.
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Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, who animated the Oscar-nominated documentary about his experiences serving in the Israeli military, "Waltz with Bashir," and combined live action and animation in this year's Cannes entry and European Film Award-winner "The Congress," will now tackle another hybrid genre. He is set to start production in 2014 on an animated historic family film about World War II diary writer Anne Frank. 

The Anne Frank film is produced by Belgian Purple Whale Films, which is co-owned by Ari Folman’s Israeli production company Bridgit Folman Film Gang and Diana Elbaum’s Belgian-based production company Entre Chien et Loup.

Folman and Elbaum met during the far-flung production of "The Congress," which employed animators from many different countries. They negotiated together to obtain world rights in all languages and media. For the first time, a director/producer team is being granted complete access to all the archives of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, founded by Otto Frank and their branches worldwide. States Folman:

"Bringing the Anne Frank Diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge  as there is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations."

Production is set to start in winter, 2014.

This article is related to: Ari Folman, Ari Folman, Waltz With Bashir, The Congress, Animation, IN THE WORKS


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.