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Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest (Azur et Asmar)

DFI Cinema

Michel Ocelot / Feature Narrative / France, Belgium, Spain, Italy / 2006 / 99 min / Colour / DVD
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Animation, Children
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.



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Synopsis

Once upon a time there were two children nursed by the same woman, Jenane. Jenane’s son, dark-haired, dark-eyed Asmar, and Azur, the blonde, blue-eyed son of a nobleman, were as close as brothers. They grew up with Jenane’s tales of the Djinn-fairy awaiting release by a heroic prince, before Azur’s father brutally separated the boys.
Still obsessed with the Djinn-fairy, grown Azur ventures to find Asmar years later, and finds that he too longs for the release of the Djinn-fairy. The two youths turn rivals as they compete for the same quest.

About the Director

Born in 1943, Michael Ocelot is a French writer, artist and filmmaker. After studying art, he explored a variety of animation techniques by directing short films during his vacations. Ocelot went on to direct the animated series Les Aventures de Gédéon (1976) before working on his first professional short Les Trois Inventeurs (1979), earning him a BAFTA. Since then, he committed to write and do the artwork of all his creations, including several award-winning animated shorts and TV series. He is best known for his first feature, the box-office and critical success Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998).

Credits

Director
Michel Ocelot
Screenwriter
Michel Ocelot
Producer
Christophe Rossignon
Production Designer
Anne-Lise Koehler
Music
Gabriel Yared
Sales Company
Wildbunch
Production Company
Nord-Ouest Productions
Cast
Cyril Mourali, Karim M'Riba, Hiam Abbass

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