Waits and Gilliam in MONSTER OF NIX
Musician/actor Tom Waits and director Terry Gilliam provide voices for THE MONSTER OF NIX, the latest animation film by Dutch artist/filmmaker Rosto.
THE MONSTER OF NIX is a 30-minute animated musical which tells the story of Willy, a troubled boy who fights the destructive force of an all-devouring monster in the village of Nix. The existentialist fairy tale is as compelling and visually overwhelming as Rosto’s previous films, NO PLACE (2008), BIG WHITE (2006), JONA (2005), ANGLOBILLY (2001), BEHEADED (2000), but this time it’s suitable for kids from 10 to 100.
Tom Waits voices one of the main characters, Virgil, a terrifying giant pitch-black swallow. “Tom Waits was always the main inspiration for the dark and theatrical appearance of Virgil,” Rosto explains. “But I had never expected to actually have the privilege to work with Tom. The results are gobsmacking..."
Terry Gilliam plays the ranger, who locks himself up in terror in his forest cabin. Rosto: “I asked Gilliam because I thought his voice was made for this role. He felt rather uncomfortable about the singing. And that’s exactly how I wanted this character to sound: scared and insecure. The poor bastard suffered but I got exactly what I wanted."
THE MONSTER OF NIX will have its international premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (June 6-11, 2011), where it is selected for the official competition.
The film is produced by Studio Rosto A.D in co-production with Autour de Minuit (France) and CinéTé (Belgium) in association with French broadcaster Canal+ and Dutch broadcaster AVRO.
For more information:
Studio Rosto A.D
Ph: + 31 20 412 0484
Autour De Minuit
Ph: +33 1 4281 1728