“Tito and the Birds” has been buzzing around Annecy for years now, and will premiere there in June. Just last month, France’s Indie Sales announced it had picked up the international sales rights to the film, which fits nicely into a catalog that includes other arthouse-mainstream hybrid animated projects like “My Life as a Zucchini
” and “Another Day of Life
.” This week. the film is in Cannes hosting market screenings looking to secure international distribution.
The film is an impressionist-inspired examination of fear, and how it can infect society. In it, Tito and his friends must harness the power of pigeons to fuel his father’s invention, which may be the only way to cure to a pandemic of fear sweeping across their world.
Producer-director Gustavo Steinberg
talked with Variety
about the film, the state of animation in Brazil and what’s next for Tito and his birds.