With the revelation of the 2017 official selection, it came to light that this year’s Annecy Festival has double booked the highly anticipated family horror-comedy Zombillénium, making it both the opening night screening and one of the feature film competitors. The film has also made the Official Selection cut for the 70th Festival de Cannes, where it will play May 24 in the Children’s program.
Adapted from the graphic novels by Arthur de Pins — who directed the film with Alexis Ducord — Zombillénium is set in a Halloween theme park, which happens to be the one place on Earth where real zombies, werewolves and witches can hide in plain sight. When Hector, a human, threatens to disclose the employees’ true identities, the vampire park manager has no choice but to hire him. Bu in order to see his daughter, Hector will have to escape from his monstrous coworkers. (And you thought your job was stressful…)
The film is produced by Henri Magalon (Ernest & Celestine, Long Way North) for Maybe Movies.
Pipangaï, based on the French island of La Réunion, has provided most of the animation for Zombillénium under the supervision of animation director David Nasser and animation production manager Arnauld Boulard. The studio’s first feature film, Adama, was nominated for top prizes at the Césars, European Film Awards and Annecy. Pipangaï is currently working on Denis Do’s Funan with Les films d’ici, and Alexandre Espigares’ White Fang with Superprod.
Zombillénium is a production of Maybe Movies and Belvision, in co-production with Dupuis Audiovisuel, Gebeka Films, France 3 Cinema, 2 minutes, Pipangaï Production and Gao Shan Pictures; with the support of Reunion Region Fund in partnership with Centre National du Cinema.