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Limited release openers had a decent start this Easter Weekend, though none popped in any super-heroic fashion. Still, in a holiday that was expected to be dominated by Batman v Superman, the launches of IFC Films' Born To Be Blue starring Ethan Hawke, Gkids' animated April And The Extraordinary World and to a lesser extent, Sony Classics' I Saw The Light, had good-to-middling results. Hawke’s Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue won the Specialty weekend, averaging $15,780…
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[Review] April and the Extraordinary World

Most writing on Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci‘s April and the Extraordinary World speaks as though they’ve adapted one of revered Frenchman Jacques Tardi‘s graphic novels. This isn’t quite the case. What they’ve actually done is bring his unique “universe” to life with help from previous collaborator Benjamin Legrand (writer of Tardi’s Tueur de cafards) instead. Legrand and Ekinci crafted this alternate steampunk version of Paris as something inspired by the artist’s work rather than born from it. Tardi in turn helped by drawing original work later brought to life by Desmares’ animation team. The whole is therefore a culmination of its six-year production schedule populated by multiple creative minds working in tandem throughout. It may look familiar, but it’s very much brand new.

Their world is built on steam and coal because the best scientific minds have disappeared. Electricity wasn’t
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Watch the trailer for animated steampunk sci-fi April and the Extraordinary World

A trailer has arrived online for the animated steampunk sci-fi adventure April and the Extraordinary World, which is based on the graphic novel Avril et le Monde truqué by Jacques Tardi; take a look below after the official synopsis…

From the producers of the Academy Award-nominated Persepolis and the mind of renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk world.

Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April lives alone with her cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far- reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies.

April and the Extraordinary World
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Gkids Keeps Busy, Takes Rights to Marion Cotillard-Voiced 'April and the Extraordinary World'

Gkids Keeps Busy, Takes Rights to Marion Cotillard-Voiced 'April and the Extraordinary World'
Does Gkids have another Oscar contender on its hands? The American distributor behind 2015 animated Oscar nominees "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and "Song of the Sea," has picked up Us rights to "April and the Extraordinary World." Directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci (a storyboard artist on the original "The Adventures of Tintin"), "April" will screen in competition this month at the Annecy International Film Festival. Gkids plans an early 2016 release, Variety reports, in both French and English (as it did for Studio Ghibli-made "Kaguya"). This steampunk adventure follows a young girl on her journey to fulfill her destiny and comes from graphic novelist Jacques Tardi's tale of a dystopian world. Read More: Gkids on Taking Animated 'Song of the Sea' and 'Princess Kaguya' to Oscar Nom Success "April" begins in Paris 1941, where Napoleon V rules, there are two Eiffel towers and where...
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Gkids acquires Us rights to ‘April’

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April and the Extraordinary World will screen in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival that started today and features the voice of Marion Cotillard in the lead.

Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci directed the steampunk adventure adapted from Jacques Tardi’s graphic novel about a girl’s journey through a world where scientists have been imprisoned.

Eric Beckman negotiated the deal for Gkids with Aska Yamaguchi for Studiocanal and the distributor plans an early 2016 release in French and English-language versions.

April And The Extraordinary World is a France-Canada-Belgium co-production between Je Suis Bien Content, Studiocanal, Kaibou Production Umt, Need Productions, Arte France Cinéma, Jouror Distribution, Rtbf, Proximus and Tchack.

Marc Jousset and Ekinci served as executive producers.
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