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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - 19.27 July

GIFFONI50 - 18.29 AUGUST / 26-30 DECEMBER

Archivio Film 2019

JACOB, MIMMI AND THE TALKING DOGS

Category: Edition 2019

Synopsis
Jacob lives in the city and dreams of becoming an architect like his busy dad. He spends a lot of time drawing buildings and daydreaming while his father is at work. One day dad needs to go away on business for longer than usual and Jacob has to spend the whole week with his bossy cousin Mimmi and her ex-pirate father Eagle in Riga’s historical suburb called Maskachka. As soon as Jacob arrives it turns out that the local park is about to be transformed into new skyscrapers by a greedy businessman. Jacob and Mimmi decide to stop the development. It turns out that they can only do it with the help of a pack of local dogs that... can talk!

Original Title JĒKABS, MIMMI UN RUNĀJOŠIE SUNI
Category Official Competition
Section Elements +6
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 72'
Production Year 2019
Nationality Latvia, Poland
Directed by Edmunds Jansons
Screenplay Liga Gaisa, Edmunds Jansons
Editor Edmunds Jansons, Michal Poddebniak
Animator Mārtiņš Dūmiņš
Sound Ģirts Bišs
Music Krzysztof A. Janczak
Main cast Eduards Olekts
Nora Džumā
Andris Keišs
Kaspars Znotiņš
Gatis Gāga
Māra Liniņa
Eduards Zilberts
Produced by Sabine Andersone

 regista Edmunds JansonsEDMUNDS JANSONS
Edmunds is an animation film director, graphic designer, and children book illustrator. He is founder of the animation film studio Atom Art in 2001. In 2012 Edmunds graduated in animation directing at the Estonian Academy of Art, masterclass of Priit Parn. He is the author of award-winning animation shorts "International Father's Day" (2012), "Choir Tour" (2012) and "Isle of Seals" (2014), director of pre-school series "Shammies" (2015), Christmas special "Pigtail and Mr. Sleeplessness" (2017) and feature film "Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs" (2019).

Director's statement
"The film is about a very specific place, but when they go to Maskachka they also travel back in time a bit. I am so happy that in Riga, after watching the film, kids and their parents actually talk about their respective childhoods and what was different about it. Nowadays, kids are being controlled all the time. There is school, sports, after-school activities – it’s all very strict. I, on the other hand, remember a lot of time spent outside. On the streets, in the yards. You could almost say that’s where my education really came from. Of course, it’s not like we are trying to convince anyone to have their children run around without supervision. But, as a kid, it would be nice to have a chance to get out of the apartment every once in a while and not just sit in front of the screen. Do something that hasn’t been scheduled weeks before and just talk to people. I think it’s very important. Which is why in the film, we wanted to create a universe where you could feel safe and warm. And a bit nostalgic perhaps".

 

production
Atom Art
(Latvia)
www.atomart.lv

world sales
festival contact
New Europe Film Sales
(Poland)
www.neweuropefilmsales.com