New York, NY – June 15, 2015 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced its acquisition of US rights to APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, featuring Marion Cotillard as the voice of April. The French animated film from the producers of Persepolis and bestselling graphic novelist Jacques Tardi screens in competition starting June 15 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated by Aska Yamaguchi for Studiocanal and Eric Beckman for GKIDS. GKIDS plans an early 2016 release in both French and English language versions.
From the producers of Academy Award-nominated Persepolis and the creative mind of renowned French graphic artist Jacques Tardi comes APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, an alternate history, steampunk adventure about a girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny, in a world where all scientists have been taken prisoner and technological progress has come to a standstill. Featuring the voice of Marion Cotillard (upcoming Macbeth, The Little Prince, Two Days One Night) as the heroine, April, the film is set in an alternate Paris with two Eiffel Towers, and networks of cable cars zigzagging above the soot-covered streets.
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD is directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, with graphic design by Jacques Tardi, and executive produced by Marc Jousset and Franck Ekinci. The film is a France-Canada-Belgium co-production between Je Suis Bien Content, Studiocanal, Kaibou Production UMT, Need Productions, Arte France Cinéma, Jouror Distribution, RTBF (télévision belge), Proximus and Tchack.
Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance.
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2009, the company has scored six Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – second only to Disney – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015. Current and upcoming releases include When Marnie Was There from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli, 2014 Annecy winner Boy and the World from director Alê Abreu, and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, from director Roger Allers and producer Salma Hayek. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Gus van Sant, Christine Vachon, Henry Selick and James Schamus. www.gkidsfilms.com