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Norwegian anti-hero wins film award

The unhappy elephant, Jimmy, and his four companions became real heroes when they were awarded the main prize at the world’s most prestigious animation film festival in Annecy.

Christopher Nielsen’s debut feature, “Free Jimmy”, won the acclaimed prize at the international film festival on 16 June. Nielsen is both the writer and the director of the Norwegian-British co-production. Forty-six films were submitted to the festival, but only 9 films were selected to compete in the final round.

The film follows the story of four low life anti-heroes, Roy Arnie (Woody Harrelson), Odd (Simon Pegg), Gaz (Phil Daniels) and Flea (Jay Simpson). The gang is touring with a Russian circus in terminal decline.

Roy Arnie is dreaming of running his own circus and tells the boys that the key to his dream is Jimmy. On the opening night the circus is hit by widespread panic and Jimmy runs away. The four friends then begin a mad cap cross country road-trip to find Jimmy.

It is a film filled with satire and dark humour and thoroughly developed characters, as well as overwhelmingly complex images, design and animation. “Fee Jimmy” appeared for the first time at the film festival in Haugesund.  Subsequently the feature film was screened at the beach theatre in Cannes in 2006 and since then the film has taken part in numerous festivals around the world.

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Christopher NielsenPhoto: Storm Studio

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