Dir. Amandine Fredon & Benjamin Massoubre, 2022, France, Luxembourg, Color. 82 min.
With the voices of Alain Chabat as René Goscinny and Laurent Laffite as Jean-Jacques Sempé
In French with English subtitles
In competition, 2023 César Awards
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2022 – Cristal Winner Best Feature
Cannes Film Festival 2022 – Golden Camera Nominee
“It successfully combines biopic, origin story and Little Nicholas adventures into an irresistibly warmhearted delight.” – Variety
In a display of ingenuity and imagination, co-directors Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre craft an animated biopic of Jean-Jacques Sempé and René Goscinny. Sempé and Goscinny are the talented authors behind Le Petit Nicolas, a children’s literary sensation with a beloved character that has enchanted generations of French readers since the 1960s. Little Nicholas comes to life “off the page” to mix the reality of Sempé’s and Goscinny’s lives with the fictitious world of Little Nicholas.
Young audiences will appreciate the humor and mischief of Little Nicholas, while adults will treasure the creative retelling of Sempé’s and Goscinny’s post-war world, as well as the relationships they forged in the U.S.—Goscinny with MAD Magazine, and Sempé with The New Yorker.
After the screening, join us for the festival’s Opening Night Party from 8:30–9:30pm in FIAF Tinker Auditorium.
Join us on January 28 at 2:30pm in the FIAF Skyroom for a fascinating conversation with Françoise Mouly, Artistic Director of the New Yorker, Gallerist Martine Gossieaux, as well as Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre, co-directors of Little Nicholas, for a discussion on the film and the legacy of Sempé.Learn More
About Benjamin Massoubre
He earned his stripes as a film editor.
About Amandine Fredon
Amandine Fredon is a film director and screenwriter.