Skip to main content

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

See also...

TALES OF THE NIGHT

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 »

The Three Inventors

Three inventors create attractively useful machines... but the public is uncomprehending and intolerant. ... More »

PERSEPOLIS (M)

“Any stragglers still unconvinced that animation can be an exciting medium for both adults and kids alike will run out of arguments in the face of Persepolis.” - VarietyAn engaging animated tale ... More »

ELEANOR’S SECRET

The fairy tales of the world are under threat - and only one unlikely hero can save them. ... An inheritance of books doesn't mean much when you can't read, and that's exactly what seven-year-old ... More »

LE TABLEAU

“Jean-François Laguionie's consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.” - Variety ... A rumour has been spreading through the ... More »

KING AND THE BIRD, THE

A classic touchstone of animation in Europe, this award-winning gem has rarely been seen by English-speaking audiences. ... The kingdom of Tachycardia is ruled over by the mean-tempered King Charles ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director