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Renaissance
Directed by Christian Volckman
Produced by Timothy Burrill (co-producer)
Aton Soumache (producer)
Alexis Vonarb (producer)
Bob Weinstein (executive)
Harvey Weinstein (executive)
Bonnie Radford (executive)
Written by Alexandre de La Patellière
Mathieu Delaporte
Jean-Bernard Pouy (adaptation)
Patrick Raynal (adaptation)
Joel Cohen & Alec Sokolow (writers)
Michael Phillipson (writer)
Music by Nicholas Dodd
Distributed by Miramax Films (USA)
Pathe (France)
Onyx Films (France)
Millimages (France)
France 2 (France)
Release date(s) 15 March 2006 (France)
28 July 2006 (UK)
22 September 2006 (USA)
Running time 105 min
Country  France
Language English / French

Renaissance is a 2006 black-and-white animated cyberpunk/science fiction detective film by French director Christian Volckman. It was co-produced in France, United Kingdom and Luxembourg and released on 15 March 2006 in France and 28 July 2006 in the UK by Miramax Films. Renaissance features a rare visual style in which almost all images are exclusively black and white, with only occasional colour used for detail.

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Plot

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Synopsis

Karas, the protagonist of the film.

In Paris in the year 2054, where every deed and gesture is checked and filmed, Ilona Tasuiev, a young female scientist, is kidnapped. Avalon, the megalithic corporation for which Ilona works, puts pressure on Karas, a controversial policeman specialising in abductions, to find her as quickly as possible. But Karas soon feels a little presence in his wake.

He isn't alone in the quest for Ilona, and his pursuers seem poised to overtake him. Finding Ilona becomes vital: the brilliant young woman is involved in a conspiracy which is bigger than any imaginable. She holds the key to a secret that puts humanity's future in question: The Renaissance Protocol...

Summary

The film opens with scenes establishing the kidnapping of scientist Ilona Tastuiev, who works for the megacorporation Avalon. The focus transitions to Barthélémy Karas, a policeman, as he defuses a hostage situation by killing the hostage-takers. Karas is soon after charged with solving the mystery of the disappearance of Ilona. Karas begins by contacting Jonas Muller, a former Avalon scientist familiar with Ilona.

After following a series of dead leads, Karas find Illona's car being driven. After capturing the driver, Karas turns him over to Farfallah, a Islamic mobster, in return for footage of Illona's car initially being stolen by an incredibly old appearing man.

Karas turns to Illonas sister, who breaks into Avalons archives and finds the man she saw in Illona's journal, Dr. Nakata. Nakata and Muller both studied progeria, and were part of an Avalon project to cure it. After Dr. Mullers' brother died of progeria, he destroyed all the groups research, including killing the remaining child patients.

Karas eventually finds Dr. Nakata, who reveals that Avalon cared little about the cure of the actual disease. By curing progeria, they would effectively create clinical immortality.

Production

The producers used motion capture and computer graphics to create the film's unique look. The cast performed their scenes in motion-capture suits in front of a blue screen. Computer animators translated these animations to digital models used for the characters. The animated characters were placed in three-dimensional computer backdrops, with post-process effects added to achieve the film's final look.

In a similar way to Audi with its RSQ for I, Robot, French automaker Citroën designed a car specially for the film, imagining what a Citroën might look like in 2054.[1]

The film cost 14 million to make over six years. It was funded by Disney with 3 million USD provided from Miramax.

Cast

French cast

  • Patrick Floersheim — Barthélémy Karas
  • Laura Blanc — Bislane Tasuiev
  • Virginie Mery — Ilona Tasuiev
  • Gabriel Le Doze — Paul Dellenbach
  • Marc Cassot — Jonas Muller
  • Rick Warden — Amiel
  • Bruno Choel — Pierre Amiel
  • Kevork Malikyan — Nusrat Farfella
  • Marc Alfos — Nustra Farfella
  • Chris Bearne — Multiple
  • Lachele Carl — Nora
  • Radica Jovicic —
  • Breffni McKenna — Dimitri

English cast

Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 43% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 65 reviews.[2] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 57 out of 100, based on 17 reviews.[3]

Box office performance

The film grossed a total of $1,831,348 worldwide — $70,644 in the United States and $1,760,704 in other territories[4] — including $1,520,587 in Algeria, France, Monaco, Morocco and Tunisia.[5]

Technical data

  • Duration: 105 minutes.
  • Black and white (except a few colour details).
  • Production: Onyx Films and Millimages, with France 2 Cinéma and Timefirm Limited as co-producers.
  • 3D Executive Producer: Marc Miance
  • Animation Studio: Attitude Studio

See also

References

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