Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess: Four Enchanting Tales

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France | 2017 | 83 min. (26 min. short film) | Michel Ocelot

Renowned animator Michel Ocelot (Tales of the Night) uses his unique and vibrant silhouette style to share a quartet of bewitching fairy tales, as told by a wizened projectionist and his young apprentices who meet nightly in a dilapidated theater.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

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A young girl who lives in a monster-fearing underground community gains the courage to face her fears and challenge her society in “The Mistress of the Monsters.” A poor Persian boy becomes apprentice to a powerful enchanter, only to learn of his dastardly ulterior motives in “The Sorcerer’s Pupil.” A put-upon ward on a pirate ship outsmarts his captain during a stop in India in “The Ship’s Boy and His Cat.” And the son of a dying Russian tsar races against time to find a cursed princess in “Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess.” These are the four enchanting tales imagined, conceived, and designed by three people―a boy, a girl, and an old technician―who meet nightly at a dilapidated movie theater and share stories. As they consider the morals and gender ramifications of each yarn they’d like to spin, each tale comes alive as expressive silhouettes in front of opulent, country-specific backgrounds. Celebrated director Michel Ocelot (Tales of the Night) does it again, infusing these deeply rooted archetypes and fables with life, verve, and his gorgeous animation style.

Director Biography

In 1998, Michel Ocelot became known to the general public with the success of his first feature film Kirikou and the Sorceress. He then released Princes and Princesses, fairy tales in a shadow theater, using cut-out animation, and Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, co-directed with Benedicte Galup. Azur & Asmar (2007), his 4th feature film was selected for the Cannes Film Festival for its Director's Fortnight. In 2011, and for the first time in 3D, Tales of the Night, a silhouette film, was be selected for the main competition at the 61st edition of the Berlin Film Festival. In 2012, Michel Ocelot completed the shooting of new Kirikou adventures, Kirikou and the Men and Women. In 2016 Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess was released. He is currently working on a new feature film, set in Belle Epoque Paris.

Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, TV5MONDE, Cupcake Royale, Seattle Refined

  • Original Language Title: Ivan Tsarevitch et la princesse changeante
  • Director: Michel Ocelot
  • Principal Cast: Marine Griset, Julien Béramis, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie, Yves Barsacq
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 83 min. (26 min. short film)
  • Producer: Christophe Rossignon
  • Screenplay: Michel Ocelot
  • Cinematographers: Ghislaine Serre
  • Editors: Patrick Ducruet
  • Music: Christian Maire
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Kirikou and the Men and Women (2012); Tales of The Night (2011); Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005); Princes and Princesses (2000); Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Studio Canal

Preceded by Short Film: "A Town Called Panic: Back to School"

This film will be preceded by the short film "A Town Called Panic: Back to School" (Belgium | 2016 | 26 minutes |Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar)