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Screening of “Azur et Asmar”

September 4, 2012

Azur et Asmar is a 2006 French animated movie written and directed by Michel Ocelot.  This fairytale-fantasy film tells the story of two boys, Azur, the blue-eyed son of a nobleman, and Asmar, the dark-skinned son of a maid, who are brought up together, hearing the same tales, before they are cruelly separated by Azur’s father. Once an adult, Azur longs to see the country across the sea where his milk-brother lives and takes up the journey to the Djinn-fairy’s land…

The story is partly inspired by tales of the One Thousand and One Nights, mixed with a moral of mutual cultural tolerance and respect.

But the main attraction of the movie is not its story, but the visual rendering of it. Michel Ocelot has mixed 3D computer graphics with two-dimensional painted backgrounds and non-photorealistic rendering, taking inspiration from Persian miniatures as well as  Early Netherlandish painting of the 15th century.

Date : Friday 7th of September 2012

Time : 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Venue : L-4

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