More Toons Set for Cannes

Joining DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge and Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly at this years Cannes Film Festival are Zentropa’s Princess and Nord-Ouest Prods.’ Azur and Asmar, the latest film from acclaimed French director Michel Ocelot. Both films will be included in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

Princess, an anime-style adult toon from Danish writer/director Anders Morgenthaler (The Nelly Nut Show, Araki), will kick off the Director’s Fortnight screenings on May 18. Trust Film Sales is handling international sales for the film, in which a missionary priest abandons his profession to avenge the death of his porn star sister.

Ocelot’s Azur and Asmar employs African-style art to tell the story of two boys’one Muslim and one Christian’whose friendship is threatened by cultural and socio-economic differences in the ancient Orient. The bilingual fable is told with a combination of French and Arabic. Ocelot’s latest animated film, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, has been a major hit in France since its release last year.

More films to be included in the sidebar are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday. For a complete list of official selections and more details on the 59th annual Cannes Film Festival, go to www.festival-cannes.fr.