Dir. Lorenzo Mattotti, 2019, France, Italy, color. 82 min.
In French with English subtitles
Un Certain Regard – Cannes Film Festival 2019
Inspired by the 1945 classic Italian children’s book by Dino Buzzati, 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 plains, inhabited by men, to search for his son and find food for the winter. Faced with the bears’ invasion, the men fight back but are unable to overcome their tenacity. Tonio is found, but decides to stay in the land of men where the bears must learn to coexist with humans.
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.