ANIMATION / FRANCE / 2018 / 95 MINS / PG
Animation maestro Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Men and Women, AF FFF2014; Tales of the Night, AF FFF2012) opened the 2018 Annecy International Animation Film Festival – selling out in just five minutes – with this exquisite journey back to Belle Époque Paris. Our heroine is a precocious six-year-old girl, Dilili, a stowaway from the Pacific island of New Caledonia.
As a series of kidnappings cast a dark shadow across Paris, Dilili takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of the disappearances. The pint-sized detective follows a trail of clues, with local delivery boy, Orel, acting as the Watson to her Holmes. Orel knows every major figure from the artistic heyday of the Belle Époque – Marie Curie, Picasso, Renoir, Louis Pasteur, Gustave Eiffel and Colette, just to name a few. They all play a part in Dilili’s investigation, as do the many glorious landmarks of Paris that are still present today.
Placing his colourful 2D animated characters over beautiful photo-realistic backdrops, Ocelot provides us with a meaningful lesson in French cultural history, one that comes wrapped in an enchanting tale of brave young heroes, extraordinary places and magical encounters in which good eventually triumphs over evil.
"Ocelot’s ornate visuals, which create a virtual map of Paris at the turn of the last century, are accompanied by a playful score from Gabriel Yared (Cold Mountain)."– Hollywood Reporter
"Without using the narrative post-mortem structure of Loving Vincent, Dilili in Paris, makes for an international whodunit where art is king."– Zippyframes.com
DIRECTED BY: MICHEL OCELOT
VOICES: Prunelle Charles-Ambron, Enzo Ratsito, Natalie Dessay