Calamity, A Childhood Of Martha Jane Cannary

Calamity, A Childhood Of Martha Jane Cannary

Original Name: Calamity, Une Enfance De Martha Jane Cannary
English Name: Calamity, A Childhood Of Martha Jane Cannary
Year: 2020
Run Time: 82 Min
Language: French
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: France, Denmark
Director: Rémi Chayé
Producer: Henri Magalon, Claire La Combe, Norlum, Claus Toksvig Kjaer
Cast: (Voice Cast) Salomé Boulven, Alexandra Lamy, Alexis Tomassian, Jochen Hägele, Léonard Louf
Screenplay: Rémi Chayé, Sandra Tosello, Fabrice de Costil
Editor: Benjamin Massoubre
Sound Designer: Régis Diebold, Aymeric Dupas, Mathieu Z'graggen
Music Composer: Florencia Di Concilio
Production Company: Maybe Movies, Nørlum


  • Annecy International Animation Festival 2020
  • BAIFICI 2021
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF 2021
  • Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy 2021
  • Seville European FF 2020
  • Guadalajara IFF 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2015 Long Way North
  • 2006 Eaux fortes (Short)

Director’s Biography:

Rémi Chayé

Rémi Chayé discovered the world of animation by chance while working as an illustrator. In 2003, he enrolled at La Poudrière animation school, where he made three short films. He went on to work as a storyboard artist and/or assistant director on a number of films, including Brendan and the Secret of Kells (Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature), The Painting (César Award for Best Animated Film), and Eleanor’s Secret (Special Mention at Annecy). Long Way North (Audience Award at Annecy), for which he was also graphic designer, was his debut feature film. His latest animation feature Calamity, won the Cristal Award for Best Feature Film at Annecy.


It’s 1863 and 12-year-old Martha Jane and her family are headed West across the United States in search of a better life. After her father is hurt in a serious accident, she takes charge of her siblings and learns to drive the family wagon. Utterly practical and bold, Martha Jane trades her constricting skirts for the ease of boys’ breeches and never looks back. Her unconventional style and brazenness don’t sit well with the pioneer community, and when the leader of the convoy wrongly accuses her of theft, she must run away to find proof of her innocence. In the Wild, she discovers herself and a world which shapes her into the mythical and mysterious Calamity Jane.