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Zarafa

English title: Zarafa
Original title: Zarafa
German title: Zarafa
Belgium, France, 2011

Director: Bezançon, Rémi & Lie, Jean-Christophe
Production company: Prima Linea Productions
Co-producers: Pathé Films, France 3 Cinéma, Scope Pictures
Age recommendation: 6 years and up

Synopsis:
Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: The story of the everlasting friendship between Maki, a little boy aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, Charles X.

Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop „Hassan from fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land – even if it means risking his own life – because he must fulfill his promise to Zarafa’s late mother.

During an epic journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, a pair of unusual twin cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate queen Bouboulina.

Festivals:
Berlin Generation 2012, Cartoon Movie Tribute: Director of the Year, Pula 2012 (awarded), Giffoni 2012, Buster Copenhagen 2012, BFI London IFF 2012, Cinekid Amsterdam 2012, Chicago 2012, Kinodisea Bucharest 2012 (awarded), Ale Kino Poznan 2012, CFF Seattle 2013 (awarded), New York ICFF 2013, BUFF Malmö 2013, Florianópolis Brazil 2013, Golden Elephant CFF India 20134, Filem'on Brussels 2014

Study guide: Danish

Study guide: English

Study guide: Finnish

Study guide: Flemish

Study guide: French

Study guide: German

Study guide: Italian

Study guide: Swedish

Some additional media: Digital filmpage (Flemish)

World sales address/es:
Pathé Int. & UK

Sold to:
Pathé France
Alamode & Celluloid Dreams Germany (D)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (D)