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The Bears’ Famous Invasion

La fameuse invasion des ours en Sicile

Bears and humans just don’t get on. In this adaptation of Dino Buzzati’s classic story we find out why.

Dir Lorenzo Mattotti
Prod Valérie Schermann, Christophe Jankovic
Scr Thomas Bidegain, Jean-Luc Fromental, Lorenzo Mattotti
With Leïla Bekhti, Thomas Bidegain, Jean-Claude Carrière
Sales Pathé Films
With English subtitles

An old bear is awkened from hibernation by a showman and his assistant, who stumble into his cave to escape the snow. They tell him how, once upon a time, bear prince Tonio went missing and this loss, combined with a lack of food, led the bear king and his subjects to approach the humans for help. However, mankind mistook this for a hostile invasion. With a wizard playing both sides, nothing goes to plan. This children’s classic is joyous depicted by Lorenzo Mattotti, who makes each frame look like a work of art. Beautifully executed, it presents a compelling story that works on different levels depending on the age of the viewer.

Justin Johnson

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  • Lorenzo Mattotti, director.

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Filmmaker’s attendance made possible thanks to Filmitalia.

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Suitable for age 8+

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