Zarafa

Directors: Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie
Countries: Belgium / France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 78 min.
Language: French

An old man gathers his grandchildren to tell them the story of 10-year-old Maki, who is kidnapped by slave traders. He quickly escapes to find himself on an epic journey. Maki is determined to rescue his new friend, the orphaned giraffe Zarafa, from the Bedouin prince who is taking her to France as a gift to the King. Stowing away on the journey, he looks for opportunities to escape with her. Their travels take them to Alexandria, Marseille and Paris. But the slave trader is on the same route and he is still angry about losing Maki and wants him back!

About the Director

Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie

remi-bezanconBiography: Rémi Bezançon was born in France in 1971. He studied at the film school École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA) in Paris and the École du Louvre. He made his first short film Little Italie in 1997. Made in 2008, his second feature film Le Premier Jour du reste de ta vie, was a huge success and was nominated for two César Awards (the French Oscars). Zarafa (2012) marked his first animated project.

jean-christophe-lieBiography: Jean-Christophe Lie was born in France in 1970. He studied at the art school École des Beaux-arts in Toulouse and at the film school CFT des Gobelins in Paris and subsequently worked as an animator at Walt Disney Studios in Montreuil. In 2008 he made his first short animation film, L’Homme à la Gordini, which was screened in Cannes, was nominated for a César (the French Oscars) and won two awards at the Annecy animation film festival.

(Sources:
https://www.festivalscope.com/director/bezan-on-r-mi
https://www.festivalscope.com/director/lie-jean-christophe)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Zarafa (2013).

Filmography:
Little Italie (1997 – Rémi Bezançon);
Vikings (2001 – Rémi Bezançon);
Paraboles (2003 – Rémi Bezançon);
Ma vie en l’air (2005 – Rémi Bezançon);
Le Premier Jour du reste de ta vie (2008 – Rémi Bezançon);
L’Homme à la Gordini (2009 – Jean-Christophe Lie);
Un heureux événement (2011 – Rémi Bezançon);
Zarafa (2012).