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The Inventor (2023)

Opens on September 15

Director: Jim Capobianco, Pierre-Luc Granjon Run Time: 92 min. Release Year: 2023

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Marion Cotillard, Matt Berry, Stephen Fry

Country: France, United States, Ireland
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere, 2023 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

The insatiably curious and headstrong artist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci leaves Italy to join the French court, where he can experiment freely, inventing flying contraptions, incredible machines, and study the human body. There, joined in his adventure by the audacious princess Marguerite, Leonardo will uncover the answer to the ultimate question – “What is the meaning of it all?”

“Jim has directed a gem of a film that is so unique and fresh it defies description”

—Don Hahn, Producer (Frankenweenie, The Lion King)

Discover a playful toy-like world of invention featuring flying machines, kings, queens and sneaky spies, where nothing seems to go right for the world’s greatest inventor, and he is always running out of time.

About the filmmakers:

Jim Capobianco received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille (2007) and followed up with writing and directing Your Friend The Rat (2008), winner of the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, he started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King (1994) and then proceeded to have an influence on many of the stories at Pixar Animation over the past 19 years. His directing work includes the critically acclaimed end titles for Wall-E (2008) and the 2D animation sequences for Mary Poppins Returns (2018). In 2009, he finished Leonardo, his first independent film now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC. Outside of filmmaking, Capobianco has published children’s books, is the voice of Gary Garbage on Netflix’s GoGo Cory Carson, and co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival.

Capobianco premiered his feature directorial debut The Inventor (2023) in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The film is co-directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon, whose strong stop-motion background includes short films like Annecy Festival prize winner Poppety in the Fall (2012) and The White Wolf (2008).

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