Coppelia combines enchanting animation and live action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardised by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégé Coppelia. Through Swan’s quest to uncover the truth about the charismatic doctor, the townspeople come to learn that in an increasingly image conscious culture – it’s never been more important to be yourself.
Innovative family feature Coppelia combines enchanting animation and live action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardised by Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégé Coppelia. With a diverse and world-class cast including Michaela DePrince, Daniel Camargo, Vito Mazzeo and Dame Darcey Bussell, DBE, the unconventional adaptation sees Dr. Coppelius (Mazzeo) as a cosmetic surgeon, whose lure of superficial beauty poisons the town. Swan (DePrince) must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer who puts her community and the life of her beloved Franz (Daniel Camargo) in danger. Modern and fast paced, the dialogue-free film features a blend of musical influences from classical to electronic, bringing the story to life like never before. As the townspeople come to learn, in the age of social media and an increasingly image conscious culture – it’s never been more important to be yourself.
Cast: Michaela dePrince, Erica Horwood, Daniel Camargo
Director: Jeff Tudor, Steven De Beul, Ben Tesseur
Writers: Tamara Bos, Steven De Beul, Ben Tesseur, Jeff Tudor
Choreographer: Ted Brandsen
Producers: Submarine (NL), Motion Works (D), Lunanime (BE)
Genre: feature cross media (animation & ballet) project
Running time: 80′
Coppelia is produced by award-winning creators Submarine (Undone, Amazon Prime), and 3 Minutes West in co-production with MotionWorks and Lunanime. The film is directed by Jeff Tudor, Steven de Beul and Ben Tesseur, choreographed by the Director of Dutch National Ballet Ted Brandsen with original music from Maurizio Malagnini (Call the Midwife, Peter and Wendy). Urban Distribution International handles sales for the project, which is launching at Berlin EFM.