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Directed by: Michel Ocelot

Produced: 2006

Countries & Regions: France, Italy, Spain

DVD Details

Certificate: U

Length: 99 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 4 October 2010

Cat No: SODA059

Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): English, Arabic
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital 5.1

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Animated feature from French director Michel Ocelot, that blends ornate Moorish and Renaissance influences into a visually lavish whole. The tale follows the fortunes of two childhood friends, young Azur (voice of Rayan Mahjoub), the son of a European nobleman, being raised by Moroccan nurse Jenane (voice of Hiam Abbass), and Jenane’s own young son Asmar (voice of Abdelsselem Ben Amar). Both boys become fascinated by Jenane’s tales of the ’Djinn-Fairy’, a magical creature waiting to be released from her captivity by a heroic prince. When his father suddenly throws his Moroccan servants out of the house, sending Azur away to school for the rest of his childhood, the boys’ friendship is lost. Years later, Azur (now voiced by Cyril Mourali), still bewitched by the tale of the Djinn-Fairy, travels to Asmar’s (now voiced by Karim M’Riba) homeland in search of his goal and, finding his old friend, enters a race to be the first to find the Djinn.

Azur et Asmar is beautiful. Inspired, in part, by the work of Lotte Reiniger, and sitting perfectly alongside Ocelot’s earlier work, Kirikou and the Sorceress, it’s a fairy tale adventure with a global resonance, centring on relations between races and cultures. The fantastical story centres on the adventures of a young man who sets out to find a fabled fairy princess. His adventures test heart, mind and body and it’s thrilling to watch unfold. It reminds us how powerfully a film can use all the attractions of entertainment to explore the bigger picture. The film is sumptuously designed and a little unexpected in its animation style. As such, it is totally compelling. Ocelot has explained how his childhood relates to his filmmaking: “I knew nothing but happiness in Africa …there were Catholics, Protestants, Animists, Muslims. It was natural and I internalised this relaxedness … I have memories of jubilation from gazing at passers-by .. I became conscious of beauty – of people, of clothing, of lanscapes…”

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