The French lovechild of Grand Theft Auto and The Matrix, Mutafukaz is a stylized thriller as pulsating as it is inventive.
First conceived as a short film and a series of comic books, this irreverent animated romp follows deadbeat pizza delivery guy Angelino in Dark Meat City, a pre-apocalyptic urban jungle. A scooter accident sparks monstrous visions and prowling manhunts, and along with his misfit friends Vinz and Willy, Angelino is dragged into a shadowy universe that threatens the very fabric of the world.
Directors Guillaume Renard and Shojiro Nishimi weave into the layered narrative strands of eco-terrorism, political satire and sci-fi ingenuity. A real sense of originality emerges in the gritty animation of streetwise violence, as West Coast pencils blend with Japanese crispness and witty homages to luchadors, with hints of Men in Black peppering the film. But at its heart, Mutafukaz is a film about love, friendship and finding your place in a world that attempts to bring you down.
Cast & Credits
Writer-illustrator-director Guillaume “Run” Renard created the seven-minute short film Mutafukaz: Operation Blackhead in 2008, which spun-off a subsequent series of comic books. Mutafukaz is his first feature film.
Shojiro Nishimi of Japan’s Studio 4ºC is an animator and director, having worked on projects such as Akira (1988), Tekkonkinkreet (2006) and Batman, Gotham Knight OVA (2008).
Guillaume "Run" Renard
• Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Tokyo International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2017