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Kirikou and the Sorceress

English title: Kirikou and the Sorceress
Original title: Kirikou et la Sorciere
German title: Kiriku und die Zauberin
France, 1998

Director: Ocelot, Michel
Age recommendation: 7 years and up

The tiny Kirikou was born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell: the spring is dried up, the villagers are being ransomed, the men eaten up by the sorceress. Kirikou wants to rid the village of Karaba's curse. His adventure-filled voyage leads Kirikou to the Forbidden Mountain, where the wise Man of the Mountain awaits him ...

Wonderful animation based on an African fairy-tale.

Marketing strategies:
1,4 million admissions in France, 51.000 admissions in Switzerland (www.procinema.ch), 75.000 admissions in Germany, sold to 30 countries.

Munich 1999, Amsterdam 1999, Poznan 2000, Chicago International Children's Film Festival 1999: Adult's Jury Award and Children's Jury Award (Feature Films and Videos - Animated). Kinderfilmfest at the Berlin International Filmfestival:the Special Jury Prize. 18th International Festival of Films for Children:Best Animation Film.

Recomment by Cyndi Douglas, Far West High School:
I saw this film while doing a Master's in France. I was so impressed, I have never forgotten it. I am trying to obtain it for my personal library as well as for my classroom. It was beautifully animated with a powerful message.

Website: www.kirikou.net

Study guide: www.bfi.org.uk/collections/release/k ...

Study guide: English

Study guide: Flemish

Study guide: French

Study guide: German

Study guide: Italian

Study guide: Norwegian

Study guide: Swedish

World sales address/es:
Group Cymax
France TV President Classics (F)

Sold to:
MFA+-Filmverleih (D)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)
Folkets Bio (SE)
Matthias-Film (D)
In The Air (NL)
Gébéka (F)
Frenetic (CH)
Zoom (CH)
Mikado Film (I)
Filmladen (AT)
Progrés (B)
Fidalgo (NO)
Alta (Esp)
Metrofilm (Serbia)
gkids (USA)