Thursday, January 1, 2009

Renaissance: Paris 2054


Renaissnce: Paris 2054 (2006 film)
Renaissance: Paris 2054 is a 2006 sci-fi cyberpunk fiction animation which is directed by French director Christian Volckman. Volckman earns and achieved an award for Feature Film Award at Annecy Internation Animated Film Festival in 2006 and making him known for his motion capture in this feature film.

Avalon's virtual billboard banner

Renaissance is not your typical animation, it is just black and white like Sin City and only those detailed stuff have colors. The whole film is like an ala The Matrix animation + Sin City + A Scanner Darkly which makes the film kind of very moving. The storyline is good too!

Ilona Tasuiev captured and confined in a virtual room by Dr. Muller

Avalon Corporation's Headquarters

The story begins in Paris in the year 2054, where Ilona Tasuiev, a young female scientist who worked for the megalomaniac corporation Avalon was kidnapped. Thus, Avalon corporation puts pressure on Karas - a policeman who specialized in abductions, to find her alive as soon as possible.

Barthélémy Karas (Daniel Craig)

Barthélémy Karas is a moody and violent police specializing in kidnapping cases shows a boundless selflessness.. to the point of sometimes breaking the police code. The key to his obsession with finding missing people lies mysterious somewhere in his past. And he is the only person who is in charge of finding Ilona.

However, the mission is more than meets the eye as there are other people tries to get to her first. Ilona is an intelligent young woman is involved in a conspiracy where she has found the secret to immortality.

Karas flashes back to his conversation with Dr. Jonas Muller and Dr. Nakata regarding the mistake they made when Karas found how the disappearance of the young children is related to the secret project for immortality (The Renaissance Protocol).

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

Well i watched the english version of this animated film instead of the french version. It's a good film to watch! It may look boring and dull due to its black and white but the graphical art is superb!

According to Wikipedia, 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.

French automaker Citroën designed a car specially for the film, imagining what a Citroën might look like in 2054.

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

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