Here's the first clip from the French auteur's Jean-François Laguionie new feature film The Prince's Voyage (Le voyage du prince).
The follow-up to the much acclaimed (but not equally rewarded Louise on the Shore), The Prince's Voyage (Le voyage du prince) by the celebrated French director is a story between old and young, between nature and cutlure.
An old monkey Prince runs aground on an unknown shore. Injured and lost, he is found by 12 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 civilisations. 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 - Film Synopsis
Laguionie shares here directing credits with Xavier Picard (Moomins on the Riviera). The 2D/3D film is co-produced by Blue Spirit Productions (France) -also responsible for the French auteur's The Painting and the Oscar-nominated My Life As A Zucchini by Claude Barras. Luxembourg's Melusine Productions, the studio responsible for co-producing The Breadwinner, and Studio 352 (Luxembourg) are on board as well.
The exclusive clip premiered at La Croix (head for more info):
Both the idea and the execution here look like a reversal of the 'wild savage' theme. Here the 'wild' is not the child, but the old monkey who needs to be civilized, a theme Laguionie also used in his 1999 film, A Monkey's Tale (1999). However, here the mode is not personal, but world-engrossing: it's a whole world and its creation and beauty that is questioned, searched and (incorrectly) answered by "philosophers".
A special screening of The Prince's Voyage will take place during the 2019 Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Tuesday, 11 June, 22:30, Bonlieu Grand Salle).
Gebeka Films will distribute The Prince's Voyage in France this autumn, while UDI has the international distribution rights for film.