Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Michel Ocelot’s animated Dilili in Paris, which is part of SGF’s plan to expand into distributing more family entertainment films. A 2019 theatrical release is in the works.
Dilili centers on a young girl who becomes caught up in a mystery plot that will take her through the upper reaches and lower depths of Belle Époque-era Paris. In the course of her investigation, she visits incredible places and encounters a series of extraordinary characters, each providing her with clues that will help in her quest to save the women of Paris. Prunelle Charles-Ambron, Enzo Ratsito and Natalie Dessay voice the cast.
Ocelot, whose credits include the animated Kirikou and the Sorceress, Princes and Princesses and Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest, wrote and directed Dilili, which opened the 2018 Annecy animation festival, bowed in French theaters last fall and was nominated for a César Award. Christophe Rossignon and Philip Boëffard are producers.
“It’s an exciting time here at Samuel Goldwyn Films as we are expanding back into family entertainment” Peter Goldwyn said in a release announcing the acquisition. “We believe that Dilili in Paris is a great family film to launch us back into this space.”
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