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AZUR AND ASMAR

France, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Next Gen)

Director: Michel Ocelot

AZUR AND ASMAR

“Pure magic… a tale of childlike wonder and innocence that speaks to open-minded humans of any age.” - Hollywood Reporter A hit at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Azur and Asmar is a modern-day fable about two contrasting young men - one dark, the other fair - who go from best buddies to rivals in love and conquest. Contending with magic spells and danger, they embark on their individual journeys to rescue the Djinn Fairy and the possibility of loving each other again. Universally accepted as a masterpiece, every frame of this animated marvel pops with colour and enchantment but, more than just an aesthetic delight, it serves as an elegant plea for racial and religious tolerance. From the imaginative mind of animator Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress). MIFF recommends: Age 8+. Low sense of threat.

D/S Michel Ocelot P Patrick Juarez, Christophe Rossignon, Stéphane Sorlet, Viviana Turchi WS Wild Bunch L French and Arabic w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/89mins

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The Three Inventors

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TALES OF THE NIGHT

France, 2011
French master of animation Michel Ocelot (Azur and Asmar, MIFF 2007) presents a fantastical and entrancing series of six fairytales, lovingly animated in silhouetted 3D. ... Every night a young actor… More »

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