A Cat in Paris
DIRECTED BY JEAN-LOUP FELICIOLI AND ALAIN GAGNOL
FRANCE, 2011, 65 MIN
IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Folimage, the distinguished animation studio behind Mia and the Magoo, now brings us A CAT IN PARIS, a brilliantly hand-drawn adventure set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of France’s City of Lights. Dino is a cat that leads a double life. During the day he lives a comfortable pet existence with his owner Zoé, a little girl who refuses to talk, and her mother Jeanne, a police detective. At night he assists Nico, an agile yet honorable burglar, in high-end robberies. One night Zoé decides to follow Dino on his escapades, and the troubles begin. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards®, European Film Awards, and Cesar (French Oscars) Awards, this thoroughly charming gem is a true delight and clever homage to classic film noir. Children and parents alike will enjoy the unique visual style, the acrobatic chases from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline, and the amazing Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt soundtrack. What an experience!
DIRECTED BY JOHANNES WEILAND AND UWE HEIDSCHÖTTER
UNITED KINGDOM, 2011, 27 MIN
This equally endearing companion film to the 2010 Oscar®-nominee for Best Animated Short “The Gruffalo” (FFF 2011) features the same all-star cast of voices, including Helena Bonham Carter, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, and Robbie Coltrane. An eager young Gruffalo (voiced by Shirley Henderson) ignores her father’s warnings and embarks on a late night adventure in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox, but no sign of the fabled Mouse… Does he really exist?