Searching for your newest favorite film? GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights for the highly anticipated French feature Mars Express. The debut film from Jérémie Perin was an official selection at this year’s Cannes and Annecy film festivals. It has its US Premiere at the upcoming Animation is Film Festival in Los Angeles. Combining 2D and 3D animation, the film is an adrenaline-fueled, stylish, smart, and futuristic film noir.
Director Jérémie Perin previously served as producer and director on various series, such as CO2, Nini Patalo, and Socks, and most recently wrote and directed the lauded Lastman series, based on the French comic of the same name.
In 2200, private detective Aline Ruby and her android partner Carlos Rivera are hired by a wealthy businessman to track down a notorious hacker. On Mars, they descend deep into the underbelly of the planet’s capital city, where they uncover a darker story of brain farms, corruption, and a missing girl who holds a secret about the robots that threatens to change the face of the universe. Mars Express, you had me at brain farms.
“Mars Express is a film we have been excited about for years since we saw the very first footage,” said GKIDS president David Jesteadt. “This is a timely and provocative story set in one of the greatest animated sci-fi worlds I’ve seen, and we are thrilled to help bring it to North American audiences.”
“MK2 Films is thrilled to initiate this collaboration with GKIDS, one of the best independent distributors for animation in North America. Mars Express couldn’t dream of finding a better home and support from a team fully dedicated to art,” said MK2 Films Head of Acquisition Olivier Barbier.
Stay tuned for more Mars Express news.