Animation / France, Belgium / 2012 / 1h15
Distribution : Pathé Distribution
Production : Prima Linea Productions, Pathé, 3 Cinéma et Scope Pictures
Script : Alexander Abela et Rémi Bezançon
Animation : Antoine Antin, Julien Bizat et Bolhem Bouchiba
Editing : Sophie Reine
Music : Laurent Perez
Under a baobab, an old man tells a story to the children surrounding him : the story of the everlasting friendship between Maki, a 10 year-old child, and Zarafa, an orphan giraffe given as a present from the Pasha of Egypt to French King Charles X.
Rémi Bezançon was born in 1971 in Paris. He studied at ESRA and the École du Louvre, then he directed his first short film in 1997, Little Italy. It was followed by Vikings (2001) and Paraboles (2003). His taste for screenwriting led him to work on Jean-Claude Jean’s film Women for Sale (2004). In 2005, he directed his first feature film, Love Is in the Air, then The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008) and A Happy Event (2011). He gave a try at animation in 2012 with Zarafa and went back to fiction with Nos Futurs (2014).
Jean-Christophe Lie was born in 1970 in Tarbes. He studied Fine Arts in Toulouse, then he studied at Gobelins. He started working in the Disney Studios in Montreuil as an assistant animator on several films. Then he went to Canada to supervise the character animation in The Triplets of Belleville by Sylvain Chomet (2003). After that, he worked on Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005), Nocturna (2007). He became first assistant director for Blutch on Fear(s) of the Dark (2008), then he directed his first short The Man in the Blue Gordini (2009), nominated for the César Award for Best Animated Film. In 2012, Jean-Christophe Lie co-directed Zarafa with Rémi Bezançon.
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