Manou grows up believing he is a seagull like his parents. He strives to swim, fish and fly like them but seems not very gifted. At the summer race he discovers why. To his great shock he finds out that he was adopted as an offspring of the much-hated swifts. His family still stands by him, claiming he is a bird like them. Especially his seagull brother Luc admires him wildly. One night Manou fails to guard the eggs and surrenders one to the rats. The seagulls are outraged and Manou is expelled from home. Utterly disappointed, he retreats and stumbles across Parcival, a funny guinea fowl who cannot fly but turns out to be a deep-rooted pal. Manou checks out the swifts’ ways with his new buddies Yusuf and Poncho when he bumps into Kalifa, a stunning lady swift. Suddenly he is struck by an entangling flirt on top of all of his other troubles. The stakes are high as the rats hijack the swift eggs and a big storm threatens the seagulls. Manou is committed to save them both – courageous like a seagull and inventive like a swift.
CHRISTIAN HAAS and ANDREA BLOCK are both graduates of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Also active as producers and VFX supervisors, they have contributed to the animation and VFX of such blockbusters as INDEPENDENCE DAY and GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, among others. MANOU – THE SWIFT marks their directorial debut.