a film by Lorenzo Mattotti
produced by Prima Linea Productions
coproduced by France 3 Cinéma, Pathé, Indigo Film with Rai Cinema
French release : October 2019

82 min. – 4K – 1:85 – Dolby Atmos

Mission of the studio : preparation and production of the entire 2D and 3D image of the film.

Our story starts with Tonio, the son the bears King, being kidnapped by some hunters in the Sicilian mountains. Because of the harshness of a winter that threatens its clan with famine, the Bear King decides to invade the land of men (in the hope of finding his son). Thanks to his powerful army and the help of a wizard, he will succeed at both quests but he will soon find out that bears are not meant to live in the land of men.

Direction: Lorenzo Mattotti
Screenplay and dialogues: Thomas Bidegain, Jean-Luc Fromental and Lorenzo Mattotti
From the novel La Famosa Invazione deglo Orsi in Sicilia de Dino Buzzati
Graphic creation: Lorenzo Mattotti
Original music: René Aubry
Producers: Valérie Schermann et Christophe Jankovic
Co-producers: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori, Ardavan Safaee

French version with the voices of:  Leila Bekhti(Almerina), Thomas Bidegain (Gedeone), Jean-Claude Carrière (Vieil ours), Beppe Chierichi (Théophile), Arthur Dupont (Tonio), Thierry Hancisse de la Comédie Française (Leonce), Pascal Demolon (Frand-Duc), Jacky Nercessian (Salpêtre), Boris Rehlinger (De Ambrosiis, Babbon)

Italian version with the voices of: Toni Servillo (Leonzio), Antonio Albanese (Gedeone), Linda Caridi (Almerina), Maurizio Lombardi (De Ambrosiis), Corrado Invernizzi (Granduca), Alberto Boubakar Malanchino (Tonio), Beppe Chierici (Teofilo), Roberto Ciufoli (Orso Babbone), Nicola Rignanese (Troll), Mino Caprio (Orso Maitre) et Corrado Guzzanti (Salnitro), et avec la participation extraordinaire de Andrea Camilleri (Vecchio Orso)

Animation studio: 3.0 studio
Storyboard supervisor: Aymeric Gendre
Layout and backgrounds supervisors: Julien De Man
Animation supervisors: Julien Dexant, Laurent Kircher, Jean-Christophe Lie, Antonio Mengual-Llobet
Final line animation supervisors: Léa Bancelin, Marie Bouchet, Joanna Lurie
Shadows supervisor: Pascal Herbreteau
Special effects supervisor: Mouloud Oussid
Compositing supervisor: Joan Frescura
Editing: Sophie Reine
Sound: Piste Rouge

A coproduction France-Italy: Prima Linea Productions, France 3 Cinéma, Pathé, Indigo Film avec Rai Cinema
With the participation of: Canal+ – Ciné+ – France Télévisions – Rai Cinema
With the support of: Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée – MIBAC – du Programme MEDIA de l’Union Européenne
With the support of: la Région Ile de France – la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine – le Département de la Charente with Pôle Image Magelis – la Procirep – la Sacem – La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma

French distribution: Pathé
Ventes Internationales : Pathé International
Internaional sales: Monica Donati – monica.donati@mk2.com
Duration : 82 min
Franch release October 9th 2019

Copyright : © 2019 Prima Linea Productions – Pathé Films – France 3 Cinéma – Indigo Film


New prize for The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily at the New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival (Japan) au New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival (Japon)

The Grand Prize in the feature film category of the New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival was awarded to Lorenzo Matotti for  The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily.

The film has been selected in around twenty international festivals including Cannes, Anima (Be), Les Césars, Seville (Es), BIAF (Co), Annecy, Locarno (It)… and has received numerous awards including the Junior Europe Prize at the FFE in Seville (Es, 2019), the Best Director at Festa del Cinema di Roma (It, 2019)…


The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily nominated at César 2020 « technical label for production design »

The Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques set up a new system to allow its members to choose among a list of movies pre-selected by experts of the technical branch during the first round of vote. There is no obligation to vote for a movie in the list – it only aims at highlighting the technicians that stood out in the movies of the year.
All the Academy members technicians have had the opportunity to vote on a secured platform from Monday, December 2nd to Friday, December 6th.
5 techniques categories will be awarded during next César Ceremony – Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound. 10 films are nominated in each of them.

The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily is nominated for « technical label for production design ».
Congratulations to all the team: Julien De Man, Victor Caron, Alessia Cordini, Julien Grande, Emma Mccann, Liia Mchedlishvili, Marthe Strand Mourier and Sarah Williamson!

Cesar 2020 first round of vote will be open from Thursday, January 2nd to Tuesday, January 28th at midnight.