GIFFONI50PLUS - 21.31 JULY 2021



Category: Edition 2021

An animated musical adventure featuring all-new songs written and performed by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, VIVO follows a one-of-kind kinkajou (aka a rainforest “honey bear”), who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively Havana square with his beloved owner Andrés. Though they may not speak the same language, Vivo and Andrés are the perfect duo through their common love of music. But when tragedy strikes shortly after Andrés receives a letter from the famous Marta Sandoval, inviting her old partner to her farewell concert in Miami with the hope of reconnecting, it’s up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could: A love letter to Marta, written long ago, in the form of a song. Yet in order to get to the distant shores of Miami, Vivo will need to accept the help of Gabi – an energetic tween who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum.

Original Title Vivo
Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 103'
Production Year 2021
Nationality USA
Directed by Kirk DeMicco
Co-directors Brandon Jeffords
Screenplay Kirk DeMicco
Based on the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Director of photography Yong Duk Jhun
Editor Erika Dapkewicz
Production Design Carlos Zaragoza
Lead Animator Paul Pammesberger, Daniel Pozo, Ricardo Jost Resende, Agustín Ross Beraldi, Philip Rudolph
Music Alex Lacamoire, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Art Director Wendell Dalit, Andrew Edward Harkness
Produced by Rich Moore, Lisa Stewart, Michelle Wong
Production Columbia Pictures (USA)

Kirk DeMiccoKirk DeMicco

Kirk was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey and attended University of Southern California where he graduated in 1991 with a degree in economics and political science. He then spent three years in Italy as a journalist for an Italian film-business magazine before moving back to the United States to work for the William Morris Agency in New York City and Los Angeles.
He made his directorial debut in 2008 with VanGuard Animation’s SPACE CHIMPS, which he also wrote. In addition to many writing credits in both TV and film, Kirk has been fortunate enough to adapt the work of many of his writing heroes such as: Roald Dahl, Jack Kirby and Elmore Leonard, and had the great opportunity to co-write two scripts with comedy legend John Cleese.
In 2013 Kirk wrote and co-directed DreamWorks Animation’s THE CROODS, which was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In 2017, Kirk was a creative consultant on Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR.

Columbia Pictures (USA) 

Italian distribution
festival contact
Netflix (Italy)