When I reviewed Michel Ocelot’s latest film, Azur et Asmar in August, I bemoaned the fact that it did not have an American distributor. This has now changed. As Dave Jesteadt wrote me:
I enjoyed reading your thoughts about Michel Ocelot’s Azur and Asmar, and wanted to let you know that the film is indeed getting a theatrical release (albeit limited) stateside. We first showed the film at the 2006 New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, and our distribution arm, GKIDS, is now aiding the Weinstein Company in doing a theatrical release of the Prince’s Quest version of the film. The film just opened in NYC at the IFC Center, where it sold out all screenings and is getting held over for a second week, and we have added dates in Seattle, Chicago, Hartford, Washington DC and Columbus with hopefully many more to come.
For more information on the film’s American release, as well as the company’s other activies, please check out the GKIDS website.