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The Cannonball Woman

Albertine Zullo & David Toutevoix
2017 | 14 min 25 s
Animation Technique: Stop-motion

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionLocarno International Film Festival - 2017

  • Official SelectionSanta Barbara International Film Festival - 2018

  • Competition - Short FilmsAnima Mundi International Animation Festival 2018

Synopsis


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MEDIUM SUMMARY


Interview with Albertine Zullo and David Toutevoix

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Team and Biographies


Albertine Zullo
Fiilmmaker, Graphic Designer
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Albertine Zullo

Albertine Zullo was born in Dardagny, Switzerland, in 1967. She draws illustrations for print media, designs posters and other items, and works with directors of animated films and theatrical productions. For 17 years, she taught silkscreen printing and illustration at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD). She has published many books for children and for adults, including several in collaboration with author Germano Zullo. Their picture books have won numerous awards, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award, in 2012, and the Bologna Ragazzi Award in the fiction category in 2016.

Zullo exhibits her work regularly both in Switzerland and elsewhere.

 


David Toutevoix
Filmmaker, Cinematographer
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David Toutevoix

After earning his National Postgraduate Degree in Plastic Arts from the École des Beaux-Arts in Avignon, France, David Toutevoix pursued his education in the art of the image by working first as a camera operator and then as a camera operator and director of photography specializing in stop-motion animation. He worked as assistant to director of photography Renato Berta on the animated feature Max & Co. and as director of photography for director Claude Barras, first on his animated short films and then on his animated feature My Life as a Zucchini.

In 2016, Toutevoix co-directed his first animated short, La femme canon, with Albertine Zullo; he  also served as director of photography on this film.

 


Marianne Chazelas
1st Assistant Director, Line Producer (Parmi les lucioles Films, France)
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Marianne Chazelas

After having worked in the audiovisual world for four years in Paris, Marianne Chazelas turned to stop-motion animation with the feature film Max & Co., by Samuel and Frédéric Guillaume. It was the birth of a newfound passion. She went on to work as a first assistant director on Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier’s feature Panique au village (A Town Called Panic) and on a number of Belgian and Swiss short films. Having assisted Claude Barras for two years on the feature Ma vie de courgette (My Life as a Zucchini), Marianne joined Parmi les lucioles Films as executive producer on La Femme canon, while continuing to also work as a first assistant director.


Maxime Fossier
Line Producer (Parmi les lucioles Films, France)
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Maxime Fossier

Maxime Fossier worked in the audiovisual industry for years as a technician and assistant director on documentaries, dramas and advertising. He first worked in animation in 2014 on Ma vie de courgette (My Life as a Zucchini) and decided to pursue the genre further. Today, he is a camera operator and works in association with Marianne Chazelas as an executive producer with Parmi les lucioles Films.


Maral Mohammadian
Producer (NFB)
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Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a Producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s English Program Animation Studio. She was recruited by the NFB in 2006 as the first Associate Producer of Hothouse, the celebrated apprenticeship program for emerging animation filmmakers which has spawned such gems as Sweet Talk (by Esteban Azuela), Git Gob (by Philip Eddolls) and Orange(by Sylvie Trouvé). Maral has nurtured artists in the Making Music emerging filmmaker program that createdThe Mixy Tapes (by David Seitz and Mike Wray) which toured as part of Best of Ottawa 2008.

Maral’s recent projects include The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer by Randall Okita, an innovative animation/live action hybrid which won Best Canadian Short Film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and Best Experimental Film at the NYC Shorts Festival. Maral’s latest project is BAM, a short animation directed by Howie Shia which follows a young boxer as he struggles to understand the violent rage within himself.

Prior to joining the NFB, Maral was the Workshop Programmer and Director of the Television Animation Conference at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. She studied Cinema at Carleton University.


Claude Barras
Executive Producer (Hélium Films, Suisse)
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Claude Barras

Originally from Switzerland, Claude Barras earned a diploma in illustration from the Emile Cohl School and took anthropology courses at Université Lumière, both in Lyon, before returning to his native country to study computer graphics at ECAL.

As part of the Helium Films collective he went on to produce about a dozen short animated films, many of which have won awards at numerous festivals.

In 2013, he began directing his first feature-length film, Ma vie de courgette (My Life as a Zucchini). Three years later, the film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight. To date, it has been seen by more than 175,000 viewers in Switzerland and 800,000 in France, in addition to winning some 50 awards – including two Césars, three Quartzes, a European Film Award, and two Cristals at Annecy – and receiving Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Ma vie de courgette has also been sold to 60 countries, including Russia, China and Japan.

Barras is currently developing two new features while continuing his work as a producer.


Jérome Duc-Maugé
Executive Producer (Parmi les lucioles Films, France)
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Jérome Duc-Maugé

Jérome Duc-Maugé studied at the ESRA International Film School before working on dramas as a camera assistant and then on documentaries as a chief camera operator. In 2001, after completing training in technical production at the Institut national de l’audiovisuel, he began working exclusively in production. He served as an executive producer on advertising films, and in 2002 founded cocottesminute productions, through which he has produced about 60 documentaries for television and the web. He created Parmi les lucioles Films in 2008 to produce dramas and animation. Duc-Maugé has produced several short films, including Hélène Friren’s Au poil and La Femme canon for CANAL+, and the animated series Juliette Génération 7.0 for ARTE. In 2013, he graduated from the IAE École Universitaire Management with a master’s degree in Management and Commercial Strategy.


Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer (NFB)
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Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short Documentary award. Michael became an NFB animation producer in 1997, co-founding the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, in 2002 and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013.

Some notable films in his filmography include Genie Award winner cNote (2004), by Chris Hinton; Shira Avni’s animated documentary Tying Your Own Shoes (2009), which won the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and the prestigious NHK Japan Prize; Muybridge’s Strings (2011), by Oscar-nominated Japanese filmmaker Koji Yamamura; Oscar-nominated films Dimanche (2011), by Patrick Doyon, and Me and My Moulton (2014), by Torill Kove; and, most recently, Cordell Barker’s If I Was God… and Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses. Michael now mostly produces the producers and offers up sagacity, but he continues to keep his hand in—this year, on the first short film in two decades by Oscar winners Alison Snowden and David Fine, and on Oscar winner Torill Kove’s new film, Threads.

Credits

Story
Germano Zullo 

Graphic Design
Albertine Zullo

Cinematography
David Toutevoix

1st  Assistant Director
Marianne Chazelas

Editing
Valentin Rotelli

Music
Normand Roger

Sound Design
Pierre Yves Drapeau

Line Producers
Marianne Chazelas (Parmi les lucioles Films)
Maxime Fossier (Parmi les lucioles Films)

Producer
Maral Mohammadian (NFB)

Executive Producers
Claude Barras (Hélium Films)
Jérôme Duc-Maugé (Parmi les lucioles Films)
Michael Fukushima (NFB)

Hélium FilmsParmi les lucioles Films and National Film Board of Canada production in co-production with RTS Radio-Télévision Suisse

With the participation of l’Office fédéral de la culture (OFC), Cinéforom and the support of la Loterie Romande, région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes



Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745
    n.viau@nfb.ca

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 7,000 awards, with NFB animation accounting for 7 of the NFB’s 12 Oscars, as well as 6 grand prizes at France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 4 Palmes d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and 2 Golden Bears at Berlinale. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB animators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.

  • Helium Films

    Founded in 2002, Helium Films creates and produces high-quality animation. Doubling as a stop-motion animation studio since 2010, Helium Films has developed a network of expertise that includes screenwriters, illustrators, technicians, producers and directors – all of whom share a common passion and enthusiasm for animation.

  • Parmi les lucioles Films

     Jérôme Duc-Maugé’s first company, cocottesminute, has been producing documentary films since 2004. In 2008, he founded Parmi les lucioles Films to produce animated and fiction films. While maintaining the same high standards for quality, Parmi les lucioles tells stories with fictional characters, sometimes inspired by real facts, but always with the goal of questioning the relationship between individuals and society.