Panel Discussion
Sempé and Le Petit Nicolas

With Amandine Fredon, Martine Gossieaux, Benjamin Massoubre, and Françoise Mouly

Moderated by Philippe Labaune

Saturday, January 28, 2023
FIAF Skyroom

In English • 60 min

Illustrator Jean-Jacques Sempé and writer René Goscinny created one of the most beloved fiction characters in French literature with Le Petit Nicolas, enchanting audiences for generations.

Join Françoise Mouly, Artistic Director of The New Yorker, Gallerist Martine Gossieaux, as well as Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre, co-directors of Little Nicholas – Happy as can be, for a discussion on the new film, the lifelong collaboration of the two artists, and the legacy of Sempé, who recently passed away.

The NY premiere of Little Nicholas – Happy as can be will open the festival on January 27 at 7pm, and the exhibit Signature Sempé will showcase original works by the artist in the FIAF Gallery through April 7.

The panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Philippe Labaune, of the Philippe Labaune Gallery.

Related Screening: Little Nicholas: Happy as can be

The East Coast Premiere of Little Nicholas: Happy as can be will open the festival on January 27 at 7pm in FIAF Florence Gould Hall.

Join us for the Opening Night Party following the screening, from 8:30–9:30pm in FIAF Tinker Auditorium.

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Related Exhibition: Signature Sempé

Signature Sempé, an exhibit of original artwork from Jean-Jacques Sempé, will also be on display in the FIAF Gallery during the festival and through April 7.

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About Benjamin Massoubre

He earned his stripes as a film editor.

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    • Most notably, Benjamin Massoubre has worked as a film editor on such films as I Lost my Body (Jérémy Clapin – Animation First 2020), Calamity Jane, and Long Way North (Rémi Chayé – Animation First 2021), the TV series Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Summit of the Gods (Patrick Imbert – Animation First 2022) and Little Vampire (Joan Sfar – Animation First 2022). In 2020, he was nominated for an Eddie Award by the American Cinema Editors for his work on I Lost my Body. Little Nicholas is his first film as a director.

About Amandine Fredon

Amandine Fredon is a film director and screenwriter.

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    • After studying art, she naturally turned to animation, working mainly at the Folimage studio based in Valence for fifteen years. Fredon specializes in the production of animated series for television, including C’est bon with Jean Pierre Coffe, Ariol from the comics of Emmanuel Guibert and Marc Boutavant, Tu mourras moins bête (You’ll Die Less Stupid), and the adaptation of Marion Montaigne’s books for Arte. Little Nicholas is a her first feature film.