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Josep

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France, Spain, Belgium
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2020

1h 11m

Director Aurel
Starring Sergi López, Alba Pujol, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Valérie Lemercier
Genre Animation, Drama, History
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February 1939. Overwhelmed by the flood of Republicans fleeing Franco's dictatorship, the French government confines Spanish refugees to concentration camps. Living in squalor, hundreds die for lack of hygiene and water. Separated by barbed wire in one of these camps, a guard and an anti-Franco cartoonist will become unlikely friends.

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Variety by Alissa Simon

The strong subject matter as well as the eponymous subject’s storied life makes one wish for a longer running time than 72 minutes.
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Screen Daily by Lisa Nesselson

A harsh history lesson as well as a good yarn, this visually arresting endeavour registers strongly at a time when refugees account for a record 1% of the world’s population.
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The New York Times by Nicolas Rapold

The 74-minute film leaps among time frames without much warning. Occasionally, the screen erupts into crackling black-and-white images drawn directly from Bartolí’s work — as if torn from the very pages of his sketchbooks.

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