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Manou grows up believing he is a seagull like his parents. He strives to swim, fish and fly like them but seems not very gifted. At the summer race he discovers why. To his great shock he finds out that he was adopted as an offspring of the much-hated swifts. His family still stands by him, claiming he is a bird like them. Especially his seagull brother Luc admires him wildly. One night Manou fails to guard the eggs and surrenders one to the rats. The seagulls are outraged and Manou is expelled from home. Utterly disappointed, he retreats and stumbles across Parcival, a funny guinea fowl who cannot fly but turns out to be a deep-rooted pal. Manou checks out the swifts’ way with his new buddies Yusuf and Poncho when he bumps into Kalifa, a stunning lady swift. Suddenly he is struck by an entangling flirt on top of all of his other troubles. The stakes are high as the rats hijack the swift eggs and a big storm threatens the seagulls. Manou is committed to save them both – courageous like a seagull and inventive like a swift.

Christian Haas is a graduate of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Active as a producer and VFX supervisor, he has contributed to the animation and VFX of such blockbusters as INDEPENDENCE DAY and GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. MANOU - THE SWIFT marks his debut as a director.

Andrea Block is a graduate of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. She is also the co-founder, executive producer and director at LUXX Studios in Stuttgart. Having contributed to the animation of such blockbuster hits as INDEPENDENCE DAY and GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, among others, MANOU - THE SWIFT marks her directorial debut.
Genre Animation, Adventure, Children & Youth, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Directors Christian Haas, Andrea Block
Screenplay Axel Melzener, Andrea Block
Producers Christian Haas, Andrea Block
Voices Kate Winslet, Willem Dafoe
Production Company LUXX Film
Length 88 min
Format 3D DCP, color
Original Version
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, MFG Baden-Württemberg

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