PARIS — Dean DeBlois’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and Studio Ghibli’s “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” are among the high-profile toon pics set to play at the upcoming Annecy Intl. Film Festival.
Both movies will first world-premiere at Cannes. “Dragon” will play out of competition in the official selection, while “Kaguya,” helmed by Isao Takahata, will play in Directors’ Fortnight.
Annecy’s competition lineup will mix a few mainstream films — such as Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud’s French B.O. hit “Minuscule” and Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver’s road trip comedy “Asphalt Watches” — with many adult-skewed, auteur-driven toonpics, notably Bill Plympton’s “Cheatin’,” Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta’s “Last Hijack,” about Somalian pirates, as well as Korean helmer Sang-ho Yeon’s psychological thriller “The Fake” and Mait Laas’ “Limone and Maroc Orange,” a 3D satire dealing with immigration.
Other animated films set to compete include “L’Arte della felicita,” an apocalyptic tale centering on a Napolitan taxi driver; Brazilian illustrator Ale Abreu’s “A Boy and His World,” about a fatherless boy who ventures into a fantasy world; and Mizuho Nishikubo’s “Giovanni’s Island,” turning on two brothers who live on the island of Shikotan in the aftermath of WWII.
The out-of-competition roaster boasts Sheila Sofian’s politically engaged “Truth Has Fallen” about the limits of the American legal system and Esben Toft Jacobsen’s “Beyond Beyond.”
Annecy will also be hosting work-in-progress panels for Studio Laika’s fantasy “The Boxtrolls” and Pixar’s “Inside Out,” with its helmer Pete Docter on hand for the presentation.