Netflix has nabbed the worldwide rights to Cannes prize-winning animation I Lost My Body.
The film, which hails from Xilam Animation is Jérémy Clapin’s animated feature debut. Clapin studied animation and illustration at the Paris École des Arts Décoratifs, before going on to shoot his first short in 2004, Une histoire vertébrale, which was warmly received in festivals. In 2008, he directed Skhizein and in 2012 made Palmipedarium, where he experimented with a new manner of making animation that came closer to real shots. I Lost My Body is his first feature-length film.
It follows a cut-off hand that escapes from a dissection lab with one crucial goal: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until they met Gabrielle.
Clapin directed and co-wrote with Guaillaume Laurant (Amelie), with Marc du Pontavice producing. The voice cast includes Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois and Patrick d’Assumçao.
The film premiered this week on the Croisette in the Critics Week section of the festival to rave reviews. It was ultimately named the best film of the independent International Critics’ Week, which consists of seven features and 10 short films, and awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize. Now, Netflix has nabbed the worldwide rights to the movie, excluding China, Benelux, Turkey and France.
It is the second film to be snapped up by Netflix from this year’s Cannes, with the worldwide rights also acquired for Grand Priz Winner Atlantics (Atlantique).