Director Bibo Bergeron, known for films like A Monster in Paris and Shark Tale is in the process of laying the groundwork for an ambitious animated biopic on German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon.
Initially announced in the summer of 2016, the feature-length 2D animated film is set to go into production at the end of the year.
Titled Charlotte, the film’s screenplay is written by Erik Rutherford and Miriam Toews. The film’s visuals are inspired by Salomon’s artworks with A Monster in Paris alum.
Born in Berlin, Salomon and her family relocated to France when she was a young woman to get away from the Third Reich’s anti-semitic policies.
While in hiding from the Nazis between 1941 and 1943, she created a series of 769 autobiographical paintings which were entrusted to a family friend just before her capture in October of 1943. She was deported to Auschwitz where she was killed in the gas chambers at just 26 years old.
Supported in development by Telefilm Canada, it is a Canada-France-Belgium co-production budgeted at $10 million.