About the Film
February 1939, the Spanish republicans are fleeing Franco’s dictatorship to France. The French government has built a concentration camp, confining the refugees to a place where they barely have access to water, food, and basic hygiene tools. This moving animated film tells the saga of an unlikely friendship between a fictional French gendarme, and masterly draftsman Josep Bartoli, a Spanish Republican fighter, confined in one of these French concentration camps. Josep was among the official selection of the 73rd Cannes Film Festival.
Born in 1976 in Angers, France, and better known as Aurel, Aurélien Froment is an award-winning French cartoonist and editorial journalist. He completed his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts de Nantes in 2000 and qualified as a film projectionist in the same year. Since 2007, he has been filing illustrated reports for the French daily Le Monde, while authoring graphic novels about jazz and international politics. His works have appeared at the Venice Biennale, the Sydney Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. Josep marks Aurel’s feature debut.