Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

PRINCES AND PRINCESSES
(Princes et Princesses)

 

Year: 2000
Country: France
Run Time: 70 minutes

Last year audiences worldwide were mesmerized by the rediscovery of "The Adventures of Prince Achmed," a restored and re-released 1927 German production by husband-and-wife artists Karl Koch and Lotte Reiniger that is recognized as the first feature-length animated film in motion picture history. But even more remarkable was the cinematic milestone's singular style; its creators used not the cartoon drawing to which we are so accustomed, but silhouette cutouts; vast, intricately-carved sets, paper figures and landscapes brought to life in the stop-motion process. Now Michel Ocelot, one of the present day's rising world animators brings the technique of cutout animation full-circle into the 21st century with PRINCES AND PRINCESSES. It's a six-part dazzler for all ages, every one of its story-segments containing, yes, a prince or a princess. They arise out of a tutorial in the art of tale-spinning by a professor, coaching his two young students. Each episode begins with a simple idea; each is set in a different time period, from feudal Japan to Dark Age Europe to ancient Egypt to the far-future of fantasia 3000 A.D. In every frame Ocelot bathes the eye in distinctive, breathtaking imagery that only this esoteric craft of animated storytelling can convey. (In French with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Michel Ocelot

Director
Michel Ocelot

Producer
Didier Brunner, Jean-Fran?ois Laguionie

Cinematography
Michel Ocelot

Editing
Anita Vilfrid, Mich?le P?ju, Dominique Lef?ver

Principal Cast
Arlette Mirapeau, Philippe Cheytion, Yves Barsacq, Fran?oise Voisin

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