With Calamity Jane , writer/director Rémi Chayé explored the origin story of the legendary American frontierswoman of the same name, digging into her childhood and the ways in which she defied the gender conventions of her time. Produced by Maybe Movies , the French-language animated adventure picks up with the young Martha Jane Cannary in 1863, as she's traveling with her family up to Oregon. Along the way, her father is badly injured, and conflict emerges when she strives to assume responsibility of her caravan. Winning the Annecy International Animated Film Festival's Cristal Award for Best Feature last June, the Oscar contender has been praised for its uniquely vibrant, painterly style. Related Story ‘Bombay Rose’ Director Gitanjali Rao Talks Below, Chayé explains the way in which he hit upon this style on his 2015 debut feature Long Way North , also touching on the historical research that informed Calamity Jane and the challenges in bringing his latest feature to life. DEADLINE: What inspired Calamity Jane ? How did the film come about? RÉMI CHAYÉ : The first idea [came] because my producers, Henri Magalon and Claire La Combe, told me that they would be happy, after Long Way North ,… Read full this story
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