Ari-FolmanOscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir and The Congress director Ari Folman has set his next project, a family-driven animated film based on the life and diary of Anne Frank. Folman will write and direct. Production outfit Purple Whale Films says this is the first time a director/producer team has been granted full access to all the archives of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, which was founded in 1963 by Anne’s father Otto Frank. Purple Whale is a new Belgium-based shop that is co-owned by Folman’s Israeli company Bridgit Folman Film Gang, and by Diana Elbaum’s Belgium-based Entre Chien Et Loup. Frank’s moving story has been told in several film and TV adaptations, including George Stevens’ 1959 multiple Oscar-winner The Diary Of Anne Frank. Folman, who has emerged as one of Israel’s most important direcors, said today, “Bringing the Anne Frank Diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge as there is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations.” Production is slated to begin in winter 2014. Folman’s 2008 animated documentary Waltz With Bashir was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar. His most recent film is this year’s The Congress which opened Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. It also just scooped the European Film Award for Best European Animation. Drafthouse Films and Films We Like acquired North American rights last summer.

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