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Max Films Adapting Classic French Comic Series 'Philemon' Into Live-Action Feature Film

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 23, 2013 at 2:31PM

Max Films will be producing a live-action feature film based on the adventures of young farmboy "Philémon," a character created by French comic book artist Fred and published by Dargaud. The original bandes dessinée is considered one of the most poetic French comic series of all time.
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"Philémon"
"Philémon"

Max Films will be producing a live-action feature based on the adventures of young farmboy "Philémon," a character created by French comic book artist Fred and published by Dargaud. The original bandes dessinée is considered one of the most poetic French comic series of all time.

Julien Demers-Arsenault and Sébastien Denault, both French-Canadians trained in VFX, are set to direct. The film will be the first instance of Philémon adapted for the screen with English dialogue.

Though the film will be shot primarily at real locations, computer animation, matte-paintings and digital compositing techniques will be used to capture the surreal visuals of the character's unique world and the odd creatures he meets, as well as more traditional on-camera techniques such as miniatures, costumes, special make-up, puppets and animatronics, which will all be enhanced and optimized in post-production.

"We are going for a look and feel that is more organic than digital, both old-school and contemporary, as if the movie had been shot in the '70s but with today’s technical means," states Demers-Arsenault.

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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.