Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) is to make an animated film based on the life and diary of Anne Frank. Deadline has reported that Folman is set to write and direct the film. Production outfit Purple Whale Films has said that this is the first time a director/producer team has been granted full access to all the archives of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, which was founded in 1963 by Anne’s father Otto Frank.
Folman said, “Bringing the Anne Frank Diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge as there is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations.”
For those that are unaware, The Diary of Anne Frank is a book of the writings by Anne Frank, a young girl who spent two years hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. She received the diary for her thirteenth birthday. Frank and her family were eventually captured and sent to concentration camps. She died of Typhus at Bergen-Belsen at age fifteen, two weeks before the camp was liberated by British troops.
While his name may not be terribly familiar to many, Ari Folman has emerged as one of Israel’s finest filmmakers. Folman burst onto the international radar with Waltz With Bashir, a phenomenal “animated documentary” that is arguably one of the finest films about war we’ve ever seen. Introspective, disturbing, and made with a unique style of animation, Waltz With Bashir was unsurprisingly nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2009. You should definitely see it if you get the chance. His latest film, The Congress, has just won the European Film Award for Best European Animation.
Folman’s film based on Anne Frank is slated to begin production in winter 2014.
Here’s the trailer for Waltz With Bashir: