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Dilili In Paris
(Dilili à Paris)

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Join us to send off Discovery Film Festival for another year with our delightful closing film, a sneak peek at the brand new, truly vibrant animation from a master filmmaker!

French animator Michel Ocelot’s previous work – including Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest, Tales Of The Night and the Kirikou films – have all been big Discovery favourites, so we are thrilled to present a preview screening of his latest animated epic, Dilili In Paris. His films are always visually arresting, and this new work continues that trend, where colourful 2D characters play out their story in front of sumptuous photo-realistic images of Belle Époque Parisian locations. And it’s not just the settings that are so immediately recognisable, as our heroine meets some of the key figures of the period – Marie Curie, Louis Pasteur, Sarah Bernhardt, Erik Satie and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec all pop up to contribute to the star-studded tale.

"Our young dashing heroine must prove her bravery, determination and street smarts..."

Dilili, a precocious six-year-old brought up in Kanaky (New Caledonia), arrives in the bright lights and constant bustle of turn-of-the century Paris where she soon learns of a spate of mysterious kidnappings of young girls taking place across the city. Turning detective, she enlists the help of her new friend and delivery boy Orel, who quickly turns out to be extremely well connected. With his help, and that of many of his friends and customers, Dilili meets a series of extraordinary characters, each of whom provides her with valuable clues that will help her in her quest to solve the mysterious disappearances…

This is a stirring tale of female good overcoming male evil, in which our young dashing heroine must prove her bravery, determination and street smarts in order to piece together the answers that are evading everyone else. Magical encounters in stunning locations take us through the upper reaches and lower depths of Paris until the final act takes place high above the glorious City Of Lights.