Official Selection


Lorenzo Mattotti | Italy, France | 2019 | 82 min.
O.V in French subtitled in English and Spanish

The very personal visual universe of the illustrator and author of graphic novels Lorenzo Mattotti (also collaborator of figures such as Lou Reed, Soderbergh and Antonioni) merges here with the one of Dino Buzzati, whose mythical book is adapted into this jewel of modern animation. The story of bears invading Sicily to recover the lost son of King Bear is in fact a parable about colonization, cultural appropriation and the tyrannical use of power, a power that led him to the Cannes Un Certain Regard section. This film is an infinite delight with layers of meaning in a work that, like Sendak's, Rodari's or Saint-Exupéry's works, starts from the infantile to reach universality.



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Direction: Lorenzo Mattotti
Script: Thomas Bidegain, Jean-Luc Fromental, Lorenzo Mattott
Lead animators: Julien Dexant, Laurent Kircher, Jean-Christophe Lie, Antonio Mengual-Llobet
Editing: Nassim Gordji Tehrani, Sophie Reine
Music: René Aubry
Sound: Piste Rouge - Bruno Seznec, Fabien Devillers Jean-Marc Lentretien, Sébastien Marquilly
Cast: Leila Bekhti, Thomas Bidegain, Jean Claude Carrière, Beppe Chierichi, Arthur Dupont, Thierry Hancisse de la Comédie-Française, Pascal Demolon, Jacky Nercessian, Boris Rehlinger
Production: Valérie Schermann, Christophe Jankovic


He was born in Italy in 1954. After studying architecture, he decided to devote himself to comics and today he is one of the most outstanding exponents of this art. His works have been translated all over the world: he is the author of works such as Spartaco, Stigmates and Fires, among others. He has also illustrated children's books, has worked for the fashion industry, has done advertising campaigns, has illustrated the cover of publications such as The New Yorker or Le Monde and has been the author of important posters, such as the one for Cannes in 2000. In the field of cinema, he collaborated in the animated segments of Eros (film by Wong Kar Wai, Soderbergh and Antonioni of 2004) and as director in Fear(s) of the Dark (2007) together with other important comic artists. The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily is his first feature film, which premiered in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section.