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GKIDS Announces Theatrical Dates for ‘April and the Extraordinary World’

Animated feature directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci opens in New York on March 25th followed by nationwide expansion on April 8th.

Independent animation distributor GKIDS has announced theatrical dates for April and the Extraordinary World. Directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, the sci-fi adventure was produced by Paris-based Je Suis Bien Content, the animation studio behind Persepolis (2007). The 2D-animated feature opens at the IFC Center in New York on March 25th followed by nationwide expansion on April 8th.

Inspired by France’s Jacques Tardi -- one of Europe’s most celebrated graphic novelists -- April and the Extraordinary World charts a young girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny. Set in a world where all scientists have been taken prisoner and history has come to a standstill, April and the Extraordinary World begins in an alternate version of 1941 Paris, ruled by Napoleon V, which has two Eiffel Towers and cable-cars zigzagging above its soot-clod streets. There, a family of scientists, on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum, mysteriously disappears, leaving behind their young daughter, April (voiced by Marion Cotillard). Ten years later, April, now an intrepid young woman, sets out to find her parents, and is plunged into the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, forced to go on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies.

The French-language voice cast also includes Marc-André Grondin as Julius, Philippe Katerine as Darwin, Jean Rochefort as” Pops,” Bouli Lanners as Pizoni, Olivier Gourmet as Paul, Macha Grenon as Annette, Benoit Brière as Rodrigue, and Anne Coesens as Chimène.

Source: GKIDS

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.