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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #74. Ari Folman’s Anne Frank Project

Untitled Anne Frank Project

Director: Ari Folman // Writer: Ari Folman

We were sorry to see Folman’s last film, 2013’s The Congress so apathetically received after it opened the Director’s Fortnight sidebar at Cannes, a hybrid of live-action and animation. Known for his skillful animation, which was most prominent in his 2008 breakthrough third film, Waltz with Bashir, Folman looks to be returning to its pool for another history lesson with his as yet untitled Anne Frank project, which went into production, purportedly, at the end of 2013. Recently, Folman revealed it would be a stop-motion animated feature and was being worked on by Passion Films in London. Folman also is collaborating with DoP Tristan Oliver, who worked on Wes Anderson’s 2009 film The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Cast: Unknown.

Producers: Entre Chien et Loup’s Diana Elbaum (Bethlehem), Film Gang’s Bridgit Folman

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Release Date: We’re unsure of exactly what status the film is in, but Folman last chatted about the feature in late November. With his last two films premiering at Cannes, we’re wondering if he aims for completion in time. Perhaps it will get him an invite back into the Main Competition, where Waltz With Bashir was slotted.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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