Azur and Asmar

Michel Ocelot’s animated feature Azur and Asmar will open October 17th for a one-week run at the IFC Center in New York City. This film, from the director of Kirikou and the Sorceress, was picked up by The Weinstein Company last year and never got a wide theatrical release. GKIDS is presenting the US Premiere engagement of of the film as part of it’s ongoing New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Upcoming festival features include Sita Sings The Blues (with Nina Paley in person) playing Nov. 8th and 9th at the IFC Center, and Lotte from Gagetville (Estonia) January 24th at the Symphony Space. For ticket information click here.


  • ridgecity

    Why can U.S. Studios make stuff like this? Pixar is very nice, but doesn’t make any eye-opener history I would like, Wall-E is aiming for stuff like that, so it will come sooner or later, but the other studios are just animal casts and physical comedies and story that gives opportunities for slapstick.

    How about some dramatic interesting story mixed with the comedy if they have to get laughs?

  • Saturnome

    More french work around here wouldn’t be a bad thing. There’s a feature film called Gwen et le livre de sable, by Jean-François Laguonie, that I’ve been searching for some time. It just looks superb.

  • http://palais.wikidot.com Jordan S.

    GKIDS are now distributing it around the USA and have finally updated their site with a list of where and when it will be screening at http://www.gkids.tv/azur – it’s already too late for some but the screenings do continue into February ’09, making it roughly 3 years since the film was finished and released in France. Considering that its visuals, at standard resolution, even then appeared to be behind those of contemporary video games in technical terms and that there is not even one “celebrity” name involved with the English dub (which is instead made up of UK voice acting regulars), I’m becoming bizarrely and increasingly impressed with the US public (the first two weeks at the IFC Center were sold out, from what I’ve read).