Through April, the County Library and the Utah Film Center will be featuring a series of "Animated Films from France" as part of the monthly Tumbleweeds film series.

zarafa

ZARAFA
Date: Monday, January 9
Time: 4 pm

Directed by Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie
78 min | France/Belgium | Not Rated
Presented in French with English Subtitles

Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure, and a throwback to a bygone era of hand-drawn animation and epic storytelling set among sweeping CinemaScope vistas of parched desert, wind-swept mountains and open skies.

Under the cover of darkness a small boy, Maki, loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe – and an orphan, just like him – as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Hassan takes them to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt, who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to King Charles of France. And so Maki, Zarafa and Hassan take off in a hot-air balloon to cross the Mediterranean, setting off an adventure across Northern Africa, the bustling port of Marseilles, and over the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, arriving at last in Paris. But all the while, Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her rightful home.

 

Tumbleweeds Kids Films

Tumbleweeds Kids Films

Tumbleweeds is a year-round program by the Utah Film Center for children & youth aged 4+ and features free monthly screenings at the Viridian, Salt Lake City, Orem, and Moab. The screenings at the Viridian take place the first Monday of each month at 4 pm.