Renaissance (film)

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Directed by Christian Volckman
Produced by Timothy Burrill (co-producer)
Aton Soumache (producer)
Alexis Vonarb (producer)
Bob Weinstein (executive)
Harvey Weinstein (executive)
Bonnie Radford (executive)
Written by Alexandre de La Patellière
Mathieu Delaporte
Jean-Bernard Pouy (adaptation)
Patrick Raynal (adaptation)
Joel Cohen & Alec Sokolow (writers)
Michael Phillipson (writer)
Music by Nicholas Dodd
Distributed by Miramax Films (USA)
Pathe (France)
Onyx Films (France)
Millimages (France)
France 2 (France)
Release date(s) 15 March 2006 (France)
28 July 2006 (UK)
22 September 2006 (USA)
Running time 105 min
Country  France
Language English / French

Renaissance is a 2006 animated cyberpunk/science fiction detective film by French director Christian Volckman. It was co-produced in France, United Kingdom and Luxembourg and released on 15 March 2006 in France and 28 July 2006 in the UK by Miramax Films. Renaissance features a rare visual style in which almost all images are exclusively black and white, with only occasional colour used for detail.


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[edit] Synopsis

Karas, the protagonist of the film.

In Paris in the year 2054, where every deed and gesture is checked and filmed, Ilona Tasuiev, a young female scientist, is kidnapped. Avalon, the megalithic corporation for which Ilona works, puts pressure on Karas, a controversial policeman specialising in abductions, to find her as quickly as possible. But Karas soon feels a little presence in his wake.

He isn't alone in the quest for Ilona, and his pursuers seem poised to overtake him. Finding Ilona becomes vital: the brilliant young woman is involved in a conspiracy which is bigger than any imaginable. She holds the key to a secret that puts humanity's future in question: The Renaissance Protocol...

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The film opens with scenes establishing the kidnapping of scientist Ilona Tastuiev, who works for the megacorporation Avalon. The focus transitions to Barthélémy Karas, a policeman, as he diffuses a hostage situation by killing the hostage-takers. Karas is soon after charged with solving the mystery of the disappearance of Ilona. Karas begins by contacting Jonas Muller, a former Avalon scientist familiar with Ilona.

[edit] Production

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.

In a similar way to Audi with its RSQ for I, Robot, French automaker Citroën designed a car specially for the film, imagining what a Citroën might look like in 2054.[1]

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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[edit] 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

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[edit] Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 43% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 65 reviews.[2] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 57 out of 100, based on 17 reviews.[3]

[edit] Box office performance

The film grossed a total of $1,831,348 worldwide — $70,644 in the United States and $1,760,704 in other territories[4] — including $1,520,587 in Algeria, France, Monaco, Morocco and Tunisia.[5]

[edit] Technical data

  • Duration: 105 minutes.
  • Black and white (except a few colour details).
  • Production: Onyx Films and Millimages, with France 2 Cinéma and Timefirm Limited as co-producers.
  • 3D Executive Producer: Marc Miance
  • Animation Studio: Attitude Studio

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