"Disney-esque ... it’s impossible not to be caught up in the beautiful fantasy of it all." Screen Daily
A modern fairytale, told without words . . .
When everyone in town falls under the spell of charismatic cosmetic surgeon Doctor Coppelius, feisty Swan must act to save her sweetheart Franz, before his heart is used to spark life into Coppelia - the "perfect" robot-woman the Doctor has created.
Coppelia combines enchanting animation and live action dance in a modern take on the much-loved ballet. Through Swan’s quest to uncover Coppelia's secret, the townspeople come to learn that in an increasingly image conscious culture – it’s never been more important to be yourself!
World Premiere: Annecy International Animation Festival, 18th June 2021
Coming to cinemas in 2021
Michaela DePrince as Swan
Daniel Camargo as Franz
Vito Mazzeo as Doctor Coppelius
with Darcey Bussell, Erica Horwood, Jan Kooijman, Igone de Jongh, Irek Mukhamedov, Sasha Mukhamedov, Glynis Terborg and dancers of Dutch National Ballet
Written & Directed by Jeff Tudor, Steven De Beul & Ben Tesseur
Music: Maurizio Malagnini
Choreographer: Ted Brandsen
DOP: Tristan Oliver BSC
Inspired by Ted Brandsen's production for Dutch National Ballet, based on tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Main image credit: Daniel Camargo as Franz & Michaela DePrince as Swan | Design Erik Fokkens | Photography Tonnie van Gessel
Vito Mazzeo as Doctor Coppelius | Michaela DePrince as Swan | Daniel Camargo as Franz
"Disney-esque...it’s impossible not to be caught up in the beautiful fantasy of it all."
Screen Daily Annecy Review
"...extraordinary amalgam of dance, live action performers and animation"
Jeremy C Processing Annecy Review
Creating Coppelia - behind the scenes
Animation Magazine Interview
It is Coppelia - but a bit different