THE BEARS’ FAMOUS INVASION OF SICILY | LA FAMEUSE INVASION DES OURS EN SICILE
Animation/Family/Adventure | 2019 | 86 min | Rating: PG| Italy/France | Dir: Lorenzo Mattotti’ | Cast: Leïla Bekhti, Thomas Bidegain, and Jean-Claude Carriére
A classic Italian children’s book from 1945 gets an update in master illustrator Mattotti’s feature debut. This is a story of warfare, friendship and corruption between anthropomorphic bears and humans. It all starts with Tonio, the Bear King’s son, who is kidnapped by hunters in the Sicilian mountains. When the harsh winter threatens his people with famine, King Léonce decides to invade the land where the men live. With the help of his army, and a wizard, he succeeds and finally finds Tonio. But he soon discovers that bears are not meant to live in the land of men. Having been nominated for Best Animated Film in the 2019 César Awards and a special mention in the 2019 Sevilla Film Festival, this film is a must for families to see.