Two projects for the 18th Wallimage Animated Session

  • 02.12.2015

Adapted from the graphic novel “Second Generation, What I Didn’t Tell My Father” by Michel Kichka, Second Generation (it’s shorter and more effective) is a film about the memory of the Shoah. On the memory of those who were victims, but especially on the transmission of this memory to their children and what it has changed in their lives.

The story is seen through the eyes of Michel, the author, who is the son of a Jewish family of small shopkeepers in Seraing, Belgium. An ordinary family, except that Henri, his father, a concentration camp survivor, refuses to talk about what happened there, leaving Michel and his brother Charly free to use their (fertile) imagination about his past. The situation will change completely with the television broadcast of the Eichman trial, which allows the public to understand (and sometimes even discover) the atrocities that really took place in Auschwitz. Henri then begins to testify to what he has experienced and quickly becomes the symbol of the misfortune of his people… at the risk of forgetting his own family.

To tell this story, the author had chosen the graphic novel in black and white. Vera Belmont, the director, wants to follow the same path by adapting it to the cinema in the form of a 2D animated film, but in color to try to seduce the widest possible audience.

Touching, funny, structured in meaningful sketches, Second Generation is co-produced in Belgium by John Engel (Left Field Ventures) and will be directed in large part by Waooh!

The Walloon company will be in charge of animation and compositing. Genval les Dames will take care of the sound editing, sound effects, mixing and dubbing. Let’s note in passing the sumptuous vocal casting composed of Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kiberlain for the French version and Ed Harris and Emma Thompson for the English version.

The other project, which will be co-financed by Wallimage, takes us to a horror theme park where the monsters that are supposed to scare the public have the blues. Not only are zombies, vampires, werewolves and other demons real monsters whose souls belong to the Devil forever. But they are tired of their jobs, tired of having to entertain consumerist, voyeuristic and selfish humans; in short, tired of office life in general, especially when it is supposed to last forever.

When Aurelien, a desperate young man is hit by a car, he has no choice but to get hired at … Zombillénium.

All comic book fans are likely to salivate at the announcement of the film adaptation of this new Dupuis classic whose first three episodes have already sold 250,000 copies.

Zombillenium, which combines fantasy with everyday problems in a great mix between Night of the Living Dead and The Office, is directed by Arthur De Pins and Alexis Ducord and produced in France by Belvision. The film will therefore be partly developed in the Dreamwall studios in Marcinelle.

Since this kind of achievement takes time, don’t expect anything in theaters until the end of 2017.