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Screen Flanders-supported Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart shortlisted for the European Film Awards


Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla’s French-Belgian co-production Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart has been nominated for the European Film Awards in the category ‘Best European Animated Feature’. Brussels-based animation studio Walking The Dog co-produced the film for Flanders and played an important role in the animation, lighting and rendering of the film. The feature was one of the first to receive support from Screen Flanders last year.

A committee consisting of EFA Board Members announced the shortlist of animated features, which also includes Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants, directed by Thomas Szabo & Hélène Giraud (France/Belgium) and the Italian The Art of Happiness, directed by Alessandro Rak. The nominated films will be sent to the 3,000-plus EFA members who will choose the winner. The European Animated Feature Film 2014 will then be presented at the European Film Awards ceremony in Riga, Latvia, on Saturday 13 December.

Based on Mathias Malzieu’s bestselling short novel, the film tells the story of Jack, who is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. In her house on top of a big hill, Madeleine the midwife replaces the defective organ with a cuckoo-clock. It will work, she warns him, as long as Jack doesn't touch the hands of the clock, doesn't lose his temper and, above all, doesn't fall in love. But Jack's encounter with a fiery-eyed little girl singing on a street corner and his decision to chase her across Europe to Andalusia tests the resistance of his makeshift heart to breaking point...

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a co-production between Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, Duran and France 3 Cinéma. Belgian co-producers are the Tax Shelter intermediary Umedia and independent animation and production studio Walking The Dog, founded in 2000 by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben. Since then, the duo have boarded high-level international animation projects such as The Triplets of Belleville, Brendan and the Secret of Kells, A Monster in Paris and, more recently, Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folman’s The Congress. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian Tax Shelter system.