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Tuesday, January 24 at 8:00pm Coral Gables Art Cinema

France | 82 minutes | 2022

Little Nicholas

Southeast US Premiere

Winner of the top prizes at this year’s Annecy Film Festival (the world’s largest animation festival) and Animation Is Film Festival, Little Nicholas is a joyous and extraordinary animated movie that for the first time presents the story of the men who brought the internationally beloved schoolboy character to life. Told with warm affection and wild invention, it charmingly melds biopic, origin story, and Little Nicholas adventures into an irresistibly warmhearted delight. Somewhere in Paris in 1955, Jewish artist René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé lean over a sheet of white paper and bring to life a small, mischievous, and pleasant little boy, Little Nicholas. We see the give and take in their friendly collaboration as they build Nicholas's world, as well as his family, and school friends. Black-and-white sketches take shape and grow before our eyes, bursting into color and becoming beautiful, richly detailed animated scenes of carefree school days and the ordinary landmarks of family life, such as the proud acquisition of a new television. With games and fights in the schoolyard, alongside friendships and summer camp adventures, Nicholas has a happy, magical childhood. Little Nicholas beautifully folds together a biography of Goscinny and Sempé with a sense of the love and care they put into the 222 Little Nicholas stories they created. It is a film that reveals its love of animation throughout.


Best Film at Annecy International Film Festival

Director's Bio

Directed by Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre

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Amandine Fredon studied drawing and cinema at the Ecole de la Poudrière. For the past ten years, she has worked at Folimage studio in Valences, France, on different productions such as the films Mia and the Migoo (2008) and A Cat in Paris (2010). Benjamin Massoubre earned his stripes as a film editor working on such films as I Lost my Body (2020), and, more recently, The Summit of the Gods (2022). In 2020, he was nominated for an Eddie by the American Cinema Editors for his work on I Lost My Body.

Cast and Credits


Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre


Anne Goscinny, Michel Fessler


Juliette Laurent


Benjamin Massoubre


Alain Chabat, Laurent Lafitte, Frédérique Tirmont

Film Info






82 minutes


French with English subtitles
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