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The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily - Animation First 2020



The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily - Animation First 2020

For the third edition of FIAF’s festival "Animation First" the opening Night Feature Film is "The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily" Introduced by director Lorenzo Mattotti. Opening Night Party at 8:30pm US Premiere. All Ages

Inspired by the 1945 classic Italian children’s book by Dino Buzatti, acclaimed Italian illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti brings bold colors and a graphic eye to his first feature film, a tale about friendship, tolerance, and nature.

When Tonio, a bear prince, is kidnapped by hunters in the mountains of Sicily, his father—the king—sends his subjects down to the plain, inhabited by men, to search for his son as well as food for the winter. Faced with the bears’ invasion, the men fight back but are unable to overcome their tenacity; helped by a little bit of magic. Tonio is found, but decides to stay in the land of men where bears have to learn to coexist with human mores.

Produced by the team behind The Red Turtle, adapted by award-winning screenwriter Thomas Bidegain (A Prophet), and voiced by such luminaries as Jean-Claude Carrière and Leïla Bekhti, The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily “is classic animation at its best, clear and pleasing, calculated to charm children and adults alike,” says Variety.

Dir. Lorenzo Mattotti, 2019, 82 min
In French with English subtitles



Date: Friday, February 07, 2020

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : FIAF

In collaboration with : ICI

Entrance : With fee


FIAF Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street, NY