Adam Elliot's claymation feature Mary and Max will open the 2009 Sundance Film Festval, marking the the first time that an Australian film receivessuch an honour.
21 Nov 2008 - 11:28 AM  UPDATED 16 Jan 2014 - 3:04 PM

Mary and Max is the first feature from the Oscar-winning director Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs, the team behind Harvie Krumpet.

Mary and Max is a tale of pen-friendship between two very different people; Mary Dinkle, a chubby lonely eight year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horovitz, a 44 year old, severely obese, Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York

“This portrait of a global friendship between two marvelously dysfunctional people is an exceptionally moving, funny and thought-provoking work," said Sundance Film Festival director, Geoffrey Gilmore. "Mary and Max is the first film of its kind to open the Festival and we anticipate audiences will embrace Adam Elliot's feature-length directorial debut for its poignant story, exceptional voice talent and technological creativity.".

It features the voices of Toni Collette and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana and Barry Humphries.

Mary and Max was produced by Melanie Coombs and executive produced by Mark Gooder, Paul Hardart, Tom Hardart, Bryce Menzies and Jonathan Page and Co-Executive Produced by Iain Canning, Andrew Mackie and Richard Payten with associate producer Pauline Piechota. Mary and Max was financed by Screen Australia, Adirondack Pictures and Film Victoria and is being sold internationally by Icon Entertainment International.

It's set to be released by Icon Films next year.