The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (film)

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The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily
Directed byLorenzo Mattotti
Produced byValérie Schermann
Christophe Jankovic
Screenplay byJean-Luc Fromental
Thomas Bidegain
Lorenzo Mattotti
Based onThe Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily by Dino Buzzati
Prima Linea Productions
Release date
  • 21 May 2019 (2019-05-21) (Cannes)
Running time
82 minutes
Budget€ 11 million

The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (French: La fameuse invasion des ours en Sicile; Italian: La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia) is an upcoming French-Italian animated film directed by Lorenzo Mattotti. It is based on the children's book The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily by Dino Buzzati.[2] It was selected to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


Character France French Voice Italy Italian Voice
Leonzio Thierry Hancisse Toni Servillo
Gedeone Thomas Bidegain Antonio Albanese
Almerina Leïla Bekhti Linda Caridi
Salpetre Jacky Nercessian Corrado Guzzanti
Old Bear Jean-Claude Carrière Andrea Camilleri


The film is produced by the French company Prima Linea Productions. It is co-produced with Pathé and France 3 Cinéma in France and Indigo Films and Rai Cinema in Italy. It has a budget of eleven million euro.[4] It received financial support from Canal+ and the CNC.[5] It received 375,000 euro from the Ile-de-France region's Support Fund for Film and Audiovisual Technical Industries.[6] The project also won the Gan Foundation's Special Prize for 2016.[5]

The visual style is inspired by Buzzati's illustrations but also independent from the original book. The landscapes are inspired by real Mediterranean landscapes with liberties taken in order to create a fairytale-like atmosphere. Mattotti's ambition was to create a timeless visual style so that people who view the film in the future will not be able to see when it was made.[7]

The film was in production in November 2016. In a November 2016 interview, Mattotti expected it to be released in two or three years.[8]


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 1 review.[9] called the movie an "charming experience" and "refreshingly different" giving the adults a strong recommendation to take children see it. [10]


  1. ^ "The Screenings Guide 2019". May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "In arrivo un cartoon sul racconto di Buzzati 'La famosa Invasione degli Orsi in Sicilia'". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  3. ^ "Quentin Tarantino, Abdellatif Kechiche and Gaspar Noé join Cannes line-up". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  4. ^ Santini, Gino (2018-06-18). "Mattotti porta al cinema gli orsi di Buzzati. Grazie alla Francia". Bookciak Magazine (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  5. ^ a b Lemercier, Fabien (2016-11-30). "The Nature of Time supported by the Gan Foundation". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  6. ^ Lemercier, Fabien (2016-11-11). "The Ile-de-France region backs Mathieu Amalric's Barbara". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  7. ^ Borg, Max (2018-06-13). "The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily, Mattotti's animation debut". Cinecittà News. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  8. ^ Mezzena Lona, Alessandro (2016-11-16). "'Io, Lorenzo Mattotti disegno in libertà e sogno Dino Buzzati'". Il Piccolo (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  9. ^ "The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (La fameuse invasion des Ours en Sicile) (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
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