Modern Films has picked up distribution rights in the U.K. and Ireland for hybrid animation feature Coppelia, in a deal struck with France-based Urban Distribution International. The visually innovative twist on the 1870 comic ballet will jeté to theatrical screens in the territory early this year.
Directed by Jeff Tudor, Steven De Beul and Ben Tesseur, the dialog-free film blends 2D & 3D animation with live-action dancers to relate the classic love story of Swan (Michaela DePrince) and Franz (Daniel Camargo). When cosmetic surgeon Dr. Coppelius (Vito Mazzeo) introduces his uncannily beautiful protégée Coppelia, the lure of superficial beauty poisons their town. Swan must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer who puts her community and the life of her beloved Franz in danger.
Coppelia premiered at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival last year. Urban has previously sold the title to Shout! Factory and PBS (North America), NjutaFilms (Scandinavia) and Estinfilm (Estonia). Additional debuts are set for Benelux (through Periscoop) and German-speaking territories (Square One Ent.) for early 2022. The BBC will broadcast Coppelia after the U.K. theatrical run.
The picture is produced by Netherlands studios Submarine and 3 Minutes West, in co-production with MotionWorks (Germany) and Lunanime (Belgium).
[Source: Daily ]