It might take a bit (even a year) before this film is released in the UK or outside France (with a planned June release date) but we can already start admiring the latest work of Joann Sfar (Gainsbourg – Vie héroïque director, better known for his comics).
Finally adapting his last decade’s best-seller “Le chat du rabbin” into full featured animated film which Joann started producing with Antoine Delesvaux in 2008 just when the last 2 books of the cat series were finally published in English.
Algiers, 1920s. Rabbi Sfar has more than one problem. His beautiful daughter is becoming a teenager and above all, his parrot-killing cat has just started talking! The delivery of a trunk from Russia further complicates matters when a painter is discovered inside, more dead than alive. The painter is on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city in Africa. Convinced that the city really exists, he sets off on an incredible adventure, taking with him the Rabbi and his cat, a wise old Arab Sheikh and an eccentric Russian millionaire.
Now it’s a matter of patiente till it it gets to your local cinema (if ever as the French distributir UGC haven’t even planned on a foreing release calendar) you can always get a cheap ticket to Paris and watch it this summer while tanning at the great fake Paris Plage.