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Original title: Aurore
German title: Aurora
France, 2006

Director: Tavernier, Nils
Production company: La Cinefacture
Co-producers: France 2 Cinema
Age recommendation: 7 years and up

Welcome to a fairytale world of castles and kings, princes and princesses, balls, dowries and secrets. We begin our story with Princess Aurore, living happily with her brother, Solal and her parents the King and Queen. Aurore loves to dance and despite the fact that it is forbidden in the kingdom, she seizes every opportunity to follow her mother's advice 'Never forget to dance, even when you feel sad'. As the unexpected secret behind the dancing ban unfolds, the King's greedy advisor persuades him that the only way to save his financially troubled empire is to marry Aurore off to a rich prince. A series of balls are set up to allow the young royals to get to know each other, despite the fact that Aurore's heart belongs to another. Known to many as a documentary maker, Tavernier successfully turns his hand to fiction in this original and beautifully crafted tale of purity, trust and regret. The ball sequences, choreographed by Carolyn Carlson, Kader Belarbi and Yann Bridard are particularly outstanding. Whilst this film has been made with lovers of dance in mind, there is certainly enough to entertain those of us who have an interest and appreciation in this cinematically neglected art form.
Justin Johnson, London Film Festival 2006

Once upon a time there was a kingdom where dance had been banned for many years. Despite her father forbidding her to do so, Aurore, a young princess, continues to dance, while her delighted and complicit brother, Solal, looks on. She is grace itself.
To save his kingdom from bankruptcy, the king is obliged to marry his daughter to a wealthy prince. He therefore organizes three sumptuous balls.
Learning of his plans, the queen tries to oppose her husband so that her daughter can marry the man she loves – the court painter, a penniless man who lives for his art.
Aurore must choose between the crown or love, keeping in mind her mother’s advice: “Never forget to dance, even if you are sad.” (Source: Unifrance)

With wonderful medieval castle-set dance sequences, Aurore is an enchanting fairy story about a young girl’s determination to follow her dreams. (London Children's Film Festival 2006)

Moscow 2006, London Children's Film Festival 2006

World sales address/es:
Memento (F)

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Les Films du Losange (F)
Agora (CH)
Vertigo (BE)
Kamer-Ton (RUS)