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La Légende de Manolo / The Book of Life

The Book of Life

  • French version
  1. Overview
  2. Description
  3. Fact Sheet

First footage of "The Book of Life" was presented during a Work in Progress session at Annecy 2014 and this year, the entire film will be shown outdoors on the giant screen on the Pâquier!

Jorge Gutierrez (Director) and Guillermo del Toro (Producer) invite you inside one of Mexico's biggest events: the Day of the Dead. A concoction of colours, chants, dances and love will animate the screen, sure to please young and older audiences alike.

The Book of Life takes you deep into the heart of Mexico, in the village of San Angel. Manolo, Maria and Joaquin are an inseparable trio living there but their friendship falls apart when Maria's father sends the rebellious girl away to learn proper manners in Europe.
Joaquin follows in the footsteps of his father, a great war chief, by joining the military academy and becoming a legendary crusader. Manolo, who comes from a family of bull fighters, is torn between his family's expectations and his own dreams of becoming a musician.
Years later, Maria comes back home and the two boys, still hopelessly in love, try to seduce her. But Manolo is challenged by the gods and must overcome his greatest fears in order to win her heart.

Director: Jorge Gutierrez
USA, Reel FX Creative Studios and Twentieth Century Fox
2014, 95 min, tous publics

The film

  • Film identity

    Original title: The Book of Life

    Directed by: Jorge GUTIERREZ

    Country: USA

    Year of production: 2014

    Running time: 01 h 37 min

  • Technique

    Category: Feature film

    Techniques used: 3D Computer

    Process: Colour

    Target public: All audiences

  • Credits

    Directed by: Jorge GUTIERREZ


    Distribution: 20TH CENTURY FOX FRANCE

    Artistic direction: Paul Sullivan

    Script: Jorge R. Gutierrez, Douglas Langdale

    Graphics: Sandra Equihua

    Sets: Simon Valdimir Varela

    Animation: Kent Alfred, Ernesto Bottger, Eric Burnett, Eric Drobile, Jess Morris, Jason Petrocelli, Travis Tohill, Vitor Vilela

    Compositing: Gustavo Santaolalla

    Music: John Houlihan

    Editing: Ahren Shaw, Steven Liu