Renaissance (2006)








Annecy International Animated Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Won Feature Film Award  
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Won Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver Christian Volckman

Renaissance is a 2006 black-and-white animated cyberpunk/science fiction detective film by French director Christian Volckman. It was co-produced in France, United Kingdom and Luxembourg and released on 15 March 2006 in France and 28 July 2006 in the UK by Miramax Films. Renaissance features a rare visual style in which almost all images are exclusively black and white, with only occasional colour used for detail.

In Paris in the year 2054, where every deed and gesture is checked and filmed, Ilona Tasuiev, a young female scientist, is kidnapped. Avalon, the megalithic corporation for which Ilona works, puts pressure on Karas, a controversial policeman specialising in abductions, to find her as quickly as possible. But Karas soon feels a little presence in his wake.

He isn''t alone in the quest for Ilona, and his pursuers seem poised to overtake him. Finding Ilona becomes vital: the brilliant young woman is involved in a conspiracy which is bigger than any imaginable. She holds the key to a secret that puts humanity''s future in question: The Renaissance Protocol...

Paris, 2042: a dark Rotoscope world of shadows and right angles. Ilona Tasuiev, a brilliant young scientist, is kidnapped, and her employer, Avalon, a major health and beauty corporation, wants her found. Karas, a jaded police captain, is assigned to find her, fast. He seeks help from her sister, Bislane, and they are soon uncovering identify theft, missing files, and hints that something back in 2006 may explain what''s going on. Ilona''s mentor, Avalon''s vice president, a Japanese researcher, an underworld boss, and Bislane''s drug connection all figure in the mix. So does an attraction between Karas and Bislane. What''s behind the kidnapping? Who''s the victim?