90 mn animated feature film (2018)

Synopsis
With the help of her delivery-boy friend, Dilili, a young Kanak, investigates a spate of mysterious kidnappings of young girls that is plaguing Belle Epoque Paris. In the course of her investigation she encounters a series of extraordinary characters, each of whom provides her with clues that will help her in her quest…
Notes
I had a very serious topic in mind, but I also wanted to make a "costume film", which would take place in Paris. I chose the Belle Epoque because of its beautiful dresses and the easy access to a wealth of documentation. But while I was gathering all the material for the film, I realized that beautiful costumes were not enough to capture that period. I was simply amazed by the concentration of talent, of genius. The nature of the film ended up being quite different. It is no longer a mere costume film, it has become a film about a remarkable civilization, men and women together. However, the feature subject is still how to fight against the abuse of girls and women, which is a worldwide scourge. The combination of that topic with my description of the Belle Epoque, which could seem alien to each other, have the opposite effect and heighten one another. But of course, the film is a show and a fairy tale, as usual..
                                                                             M.O.
Production
Distribution
World sales: Wildbunch
Awards
  • Selected by the International Film festival, San Sebastian (Spain), 2018
  • Selected by the BFI Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2018
  • Selected by the International Film Festival, Gand (Belgium), 2018
  • Press Jury Prize, International Historical Fiction Film Festival, Plaisance du Touch (France), 2018
Theatrical release in France : October 2018

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