Visual Arts • 1h 14m
Directed by Aurel • Animation • 2021 • 74 minutes
During the Spanish civil war, Republican fighters fleeing Franco's dictatorship are imprisoned in concentration camps once they arrive in France. Forced to live in appalling conditions, these refugees barely have access to hygiene, water and food. Josep tells the story of how Josep Bartolí, an artist born in Barcelona and Serge, a sympathetic French camp guard, become friends after Serge slips him some paper to use for his art.
An official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, Josep is the first film from award-winning cartoonist, Aurel. Thoughtful and beautifully animated, Josep depicts an unlikely friendship, an appearance from Frida Kahlo and lives that last decades and span continents.
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