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Renaissance Sets New Benchmark in Animation

MEDIA RELEASE www.screenline.co.nz 29 August 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Renaissance Sets New Benchmark in Animation

Screenline Cinema in association with Magna Pacific will release the animated film Renaissance in New Zealand cinemas on October 19, 2006. The film will have a limited release and will screen exclusively in Auckland at The Rialto in Newmarket, in Wellington at the Paramount and in Dunedin at the Academy Cinema.

Renaissance, set in Paris in the year 2054, is brimming with incredible art and animation – the result of over four years’ production and a budget of 15million Euros – Renaissance sets a new benchmark in feature animation and conceptual design. Using cutting edge Motion Capture/animation technique, often used in video games, and more recently in the cinema with Robert Zemeckis’s Polar Express, allows the complete recording of all the suppleness of the actors’ movements and then to apply them on the virtual characters in three dimensions. This technique allows a quality of animation that is very advanced and realistic.

A visual tour de force that pays homage to George Orwell’s 1984, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Frank Miller’s Sin City, director Christian Volckman has created a dark, provocative masterpiece in this film-noir science fiction thriller.
When a beautiful and talented young scientist, Ilona Tasuiev, is violently kidnapped, a tough Parisian street cop, Karas, is assigned to the case. No ransom demands have been made, and the clock is ticking. As Karas begins to piece together the clues with the help of Ilona’s sister, Bislane, he uncovers a web of intrigue and conspiracies that lead to Ilona’s employer, the megalithic Avalon Corporation, and a secret that could change the future of humankind forever.
The film stars the voices of Daniel Craig (Tomb Raider, Casino Royale, Road To Perdition), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean, The New World) and Catherine McCormack (Braveheart, Spy Game).

“A sort of Third Man for the 21st century - fans of live action melded with a graphic-novel sensibility should consider this a must.” Variety

“Dreamlike, cutting edge, and original, this masterpiece sets the pace for French animation.” Paris Match

“Blade Runner made in France … Renaissance is a complete success, a true event … Matrix in animation!”
L’ecran Fantastique

Censorship Rating: M Contains Offensive Language, violence and sexual references

To view the Renaissance trailer please go to the In Cinemas section of the Magna Pacific website.

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