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

Opening ceremony film of the 42nd International Animation Film Festival, Annecy (France), 2018
Lumières Award for the best animated film (French Golden Globes), Paris (France), 2019
César award for the best animated film, Paris (France), 2019

Other awards and selection
  • Press award for the best feature film, International Historical Fiction Film Festival, Plaisance du Touch (France), 2018
  • Creation award, Les Lumières de Paris, International Institute for the Outreach of Paris, Paris (France), 2019
  • Audience Award, French Film Festival, Yokohama (Japan), 2019
  • 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
  • Selected by the International Fantastic Film of Catalonia, Sitges (Spain), 2018
  • Selected by the International Film Festival, Gijon (Spain), 2018
  • Selected by the International Film Festival, Shanghai (China), 2019
Theatrical release in France : October 2018

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