Two week exclusive run!
The following screenings will be the English language version with $7 tickets for kids under 12. All other screenings will be in French with English subtitles.
Friday, November 28 – 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
Saturday, November 29 – 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
Sunday, November 30 – 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
The legendary animator Paul Grimault (who had a profound and lasting influence on Hayao Miyazaki) and the writer Jacques Prévert collaborated for the second time in 1948 on an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep.” In 1950, Grimault’s partner André Sarrut took control of the film, and he released a truncated version in 1952. Grimault spent the next 15 years retrieving the rights to the material, and the decade after looking for financing to complete the project. Grimault and Prévert’s delightful film, finished in 1980, incorporates two-thirds of the original animation into a whole new film, at once a delightful adventure story for children, a devilish political satire for adults, and a handcrafted work of tremendous beauty for all. This is the North American premiere of Studiocanal’s recent digital restoration. A Rialto Pictures release.
New York Film Festival 2014
“NYT Critics' Pick! Plays like vintage Disney, only nimbler and freer… a catalog of the movie’s pleasures barely does justice to this lost-and-found delight.” —Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
“The most swooning and elegant hand-drawn animation masterpiece to climax with a giant robot attack.” —Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice
“The surreal images, offbeat jokes and pointed human-rights allegory make this an altogether different experience from most American animation. It’s dreamy, poetic and not to be missed.” —Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
“[There is] a minimum of dialogue. Which is to say, if The King and the Mockingbird were to propose a mandate for animation, it would be what the medium's etymology has long suggested: to make the inanimate full of life.” —Sean Nam, Slant Magazine
“It’s a wonderful spectacle: a hugely ambitious loose adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale that’s enthralled just about every Parisian child since its first release.” —Alex Dudok de Wit, Time Out