New York, New York — February 7, 2010 — GKIDS, a leading US distributor of independent animated films and the European sales agent Films Distribution announced today that GKIDS has acquired US distribution rights to A Cat in Paris (Une vie de chat) the highly anticipated new animated feature from legendary French animation studio Folimage and directors Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Feliciolli. The film is making its international premiere February 13 at Berlinale and will make its North American premiere March 5 at New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival. The film has been nominated for a César in the Best Animated Film category and will be qualifying for the OscarsÂ® with a US theatrical release in 2011. The deal for A Cat in Paris was negotiated by Eric Beckman for GKIDS and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert for Films Distribution.
A Cat in Paris is the latest in a string of animated feature pick-ups by GKIDS following The Secret of Kells, which garnered an OscarÂ® nomination for Best Animated Feature for the distributor. In addition to A Cat in Paris, current and upcoming GKIDS releases include European Film Award Best Animated Feature winner, Mia and the Migoo, Japan Academy Prize winner Summer Wars, and Annecy winner Eleanor’s Secret.
Eric Beckman, President of GKIDS Inc. said, “A Cat in Paris a completely charming and visually unique animated caper that brings to mind the stylized, jazzy, noir-tinged Pink Panther cartoons as well as Nick Park’s original Wallace & Gromit shorts. The film helps to reinvigorate 2D animation as both a peerless art form and viable commercial medium with universal appeal for adults, families, and film lovers of all ages.”