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LE VOYAGE DU PRINCE 

(THE PRINCE’S VOYAGE)

by Jean-François Laguionie, Xavier Picard

2019 | 77 min

Aventure, animation, family | France, Luxemburg | French (English subtitles) | 12 years of age and older 

An old monkey Prince runs aground on an unknown shore. Injured and lost, he is found by twelve-year-old Tom, and taken in by his parents, a couple of scientists who were banished from their community because they believe in the existence of other monkey civilizations. With Tom's help, the Prince discovers a society he knows nothing about, while Tom’s parents decide to use him to prove that their theory was indeed correct. 

FESTIVALS:  

  • Honorary Crystal for Jean-François Laguionie, Annecy Animation FIlm  Festival (France, 2019)

  • Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 2019) 

  • Helvetia French Film Festival (Switzerland, 2019)

  • British Film Institute London Film Festival (2019)

  • Mon premier festival (Paris, 2019)

  • Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico, 2020)

  • Odesa International Film Festival (Ukraine, 2020)

  • Sofia Film Festival (Bulgaria, 2020)

  • Helsinki Film Festival (Finland, 2020)

  • Stuttgart Trickfilm International Animated Film Festival (Germany, 2020)

  • Richmond French Film Festival (United States, 2020)

  • Anima Festival (Belgium, 2020)

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands, 2020)

  • Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (2020)

  • Seville European Film Festival (Spain, 2019)

  • Cairo European Film Panorama (Egypt, 2019)

  • Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2019)

  • Chicago International Film Festival (2019)

  • Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2019)

  • Namur International Francophone Film Festival (Belgium, 2019)

PRESS:  

The Prince’s Voyage is a series of adventures that promotes friendship between the generations, the need for tolerance of others and the desire to acknowledge what binds monkeys (and people) together rather than what tears them apart.

— Screen Daily

 

While there’s nothing here that’s unsuitable for children, this 2D animated slice of French fantastique is a clever fantasy that never insults an adult’s intelligence. (…) A visual treat.

— Dmovies

 

A marvel of intelligence for little kids and youths 7 years and up.

— Paris Match (translated from French)

 

Visually, musically, orally, Le Voyage du prince is a true marvel.

— Première (translated from French)

 

With Le Voyage du prince, Jean-François Laguionie, who was the disciple of Paul Grimault, offers a fable full of wisdom and hope.

— Le Figaro 

 

A feature film for the whole family. A superb humanist fable.

Jean François Laguionie's latest film (co-directed with Xavier Picard) drew a standing ovation as the Annecy Festival awarded this pioneer of French animation an Honorary Crystal trophy. How not to be deeply moved by Le Voyage du prince, where the cartoonist-storyteller seems to take stock of his world and ours to suit the slightly faded colours of time?

— Télérama (translated from French)

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