Kirikou et la sorcière
Dir. Michel Ocelot, 1998
Brunch and drinks start at 11am!
DJ set in the front café with Gerard Lollie
Based on a popular West African folk tale, directed and animated by the French writer and director Michel Ocelot, Kirikou and the Sorceress is a warm, gorgeously textured animated feature that deserves a place alongside masterpieces like Fantastic Planet and the films of Miyazaki. While the film is universally cherished as a classic in France, it’s less well-known in the United States, which is why La Collectionneuse and Zebulon are screening Kirikou for free to charm audiences here in Los Angeles just in time for its 20th anniversary. Aside from the stunning animation— with its rich display of African flora and fauna, patterns and forms— Kirikou and the Sorceress is a truth-seeking tale about a young boy who from the moment he’s born unflinchingly pursues the meaning of love, life, and evil. What sets this animation apart, you’ll immediately feel, is the patience and uncommon profundity of its answers— we’re certainly not in Disneyland any longer. Though born in France, Ocelot spent much of his childhood in Guinea, and Kirikou resounds with the African origin of the tale, from the French dialogue spoken by African actors to the soundtrack by Senegalese composer Youssou N’Dour created on indigenous instruments. Though not exactly a Christmas tale, its warmth and emphasis on family bonds still make it somehow good for the soul and fitting viewing over the holidays season.
We welcome everybody to come early, starting around 11AM, for food, drinks, and conversation, and music DJed by Gérard Lollie in front café.