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Screen Flanders supported Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart selected for the Berlinale

17/01/2014

The prestigious French-Belgian co-production Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart of Mathias Malzieu & Stéphane Berla has been selected for the 64th International Film Festival of Berlin. The 3D animation feature will screen in official competition in the Generation Kplus programme. The project was amongst the first to receive Screen Flanders support last year. Flemish co-producer Walking The Dog played an important role in the animation, lighting and rendering of the film.

Based on Mathias Malzieus bestselling short novel, the film tells the story of Jack, 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 after 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 of Luc Besson’s powerhouse EuropaCorp, Duran and France 3 Cinema. Belgian co-producers are the Tax Shelter intermediary Umedia and Walking The Dog. The independent animation and production studio Walking The Dog was founded in 2000 by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben. Since then, the duo has 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 D’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folmans The Congress. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian Tax Shelter system.