Official Selection


Michel Ocelot | Francia, Bélgica | 2022 | francés | 80 min.
O.V. in French subtitled in English and Spanish

Going to the cinema to see a film by animation master Michel Ocelot (Dilili in Paris, Kiriku and the Witch) is always a treat for the eyes and the spirit. This film revolves around the ancient art of storytelling, unfolding in turn in three tales, three eras and three rapturous visual approaches: animated hieroglyphics for an ancient Egyptian epic, a medieval legend that takes up Lotte Reiniger's silhouettes, and a Turkish fantasy full of arabesques with Ottoman patterns. Dreams, romances, adventures, justiciars, incognito princes and secret passages. Little more can be asked of cinema.

Direction: Michel Ocelot
Script: Michel Ocelot
Editor: Valentin Durning
Music: Pascal Le Pennec
Sound: Séverin Favriau, Stéphane Thiebaut, Victor Praud
Cast: Aïssa Maïga, Oscar Lesage, Claire de la Rüe du Can de la Comédie Française, Didier Sandre de la Comédie Française, Serge Bagdassarian de la Comédie Française
Producers: Christophe Rossignon, Eve Machuel, Philip Boeffard
Production Company: NORD-OUEST Films
World Sales: Playtime

Michel Ocelot is one of nowadays’ main figures of contemporary animation. Although born in France in 1943, he spent his childhood in Guinea. He studied Decorative Arts in Rouen, Paris and the California Institute of the Arts. Self-taught in animation, he has pursued several film and television projects since the 70s, standing out in the use of different animation techniques and an unique visual style. His big audience recognition came with Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998), a nowadays animation classic. Since then, he directed several films, including two Kirikou spin-offs, Azur & Asmar: The Princess’ Quest (2016) and Dilili in Paris (2018), and also some TV series such as Dragons and Princesses (2010), features for which he has been awarded multiple times. Ocelot was named Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 2009, among other recognitions.