First Clip From Annecy Competition Title ‘Lamya’s Poem,’ Director Talks About Power of Poetry, Future Projects (Exclusive)

First Clip From Annecy Competition Title ‘Lamya’s Poem,’ Director Talks About Power of Poetry, Future Projects (Exclusive)
Animated feature film “Lamya’s Poem” has its world premiere next week in competition at Annecy Film Festival. Variety speaks to the director, Alex Kronemer, and debuts the first clip from the film.

WestEnd Films, whose library includes Oscar-nominated animation titles such as “The Breadwinner” and “Song of the Sea,” is selling the film and will screen it during the Pre-Cannes Screenings, June 21-25. ICM Partners is handling North America sales.

The film centers on Lamya, a 12 year-old Syrian girl who becomes a refugee. One of her few belongings is a book of poetry by the 13th century poet Rumi. She finds a magical gateway through which she gets to meet Rumi when he was a boy, and helps him write the poem that 800 years later saves her life.

Rumi is voiced by Canadian actor Mena Massoud, who played the lead role in Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” directed by Guy Ritchie,
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