‘The Magnificient Lion Boy’ Storms Cannes Film Festival
Colombian director/animator Ana Caro (a storyboard artist at Fox Bogota by day) makes her short film debut as part of the La Sélection Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival with this passionate and visceral tale of a feral child struggling to adapt in Victorian England.
Caro chose charcoal for the illustrations to connect with the savage, dirty, ephemeral core of the story and found two UK-based stars to play the two lead characters: Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Notting Hill, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, The Adventures of Tintin, Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
“The idea came to me after a dream of a lion. The first frame I drew was a lion hugging a child. And I did a bit research around these animals and their particular capability of hugging. They can be extremely savage and able to show tenderness at the same time.” Jonathan Carr used the elements of Ana’s dream to create the short film’s script in collaboration with her.