Eric Warin and Eric SummerCanada / France89 minutes2016PGAges 7- 13Grades 3- 5ColourEnglishN/A

Two best friends — one an aspiring ballet dancer, the other a fledgling inventor — pursue their dreams in 1880s Paris, in this charming animated adventure from Quebec.

Please note: The screening on April 13 will be presented in a sensory-friendly (lights up, sound down) environment.

Please note the following:

The screening on Tuesday, April 11 will be shown in French with English subtitles.

The screening on Thursday, April 13 will be shown in English.

The screening on Saturday, April 15 will be shown in English.

The screening on Monday, April 17 will be shown in English.

The screening on Wednesday, April 19 will be shown in French with English subtitles.

The screening on Friday, April 21 will be shown in French with Engilsh subtitles.

The screening on Sunday, April 23 will be shown in English.

Félicie and Victor, two best friends in 1880s rural France, have grand plans for life beyond the orphanage where they reside. In pursuit of their dreams, the pair set off for Paris, where Félicie plans to study at the best ballet school and Victor aims to become an inventor. Victor gets a job as office boy for famed engineer Gustave Eiffel and is able to put his innovative mind to work. Félicie stumbles into the Paris Opera Ballet, where she meets Odette, a caretaker who allows Félicie to stay in her quarters in exchange for assistance with her responsibilities at the theatre. Félicie eventually gets the opportunity to audition for the ballet school — by assuming another girl's identity in order to do so. She has to work extra hard, having had no formal training, but she can rely on Victor and Odette for support as she faces various obstacles standing in the way of her dream.

Content Advisory: alcohol present in bar, brief first kiss, young girl is slapped, threatening language

Félicie et Victor sont de meilleurs amis vivant à la campagne en France durant les années 1880. Tous deux ont de grands rêves qui vont au-delà de l’avenir qui leur est promis après l’orphelinat où ils résident. Pour les réaliser, le duo part à Paris, où Félicie a l’intention de suivre des cours dans la meilleure école de ballet, tandis que Victor souhaite devenir inventeur. Il parvient à mettre ses idées à l’oeuvre en trouvant un poste d’assistant pour le célèbre ingénieur Gustave Eiffel. Félicie se rend au Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris, où elle rencontre Odette, qui lui permet de demeurer sur place à condition qu’elle l’aide avec ses tâches d’entretien. Félicie obtient un jour une audition... en prétendant qu’elle est une autre jeune fille. Dépourvue de formation, elle doit travailler très fort pour réussir, mais elle peut compter sur le soutien de Victor et d’Odette pour franchir les plus grands obstacles à son rêve.

Avertissement : alcool dans un bar, bref premier baiser, une jeune fille se fait gifler, langage menaçant

AnimationAcceptanceHistoryPerforming ArtsAction + AdventureCanada on Screen
Eric Warin

Eric Warin started his career in animation, and has notably collaborated on the conception of the animated feature The Triplets of Belleville (99). He then worked for UbiSoft where he created characters and storyboards for Prince of Persia, Sands of Time. From 2003 to 2010, he was Artistic Director for Canadian video game company A2M where he worked with studios such as Warner and Dreamworks on game projects for Happy Feet, Rango, and others. In 2009, he co-wrote and co-directed 3D animation short Alex et les phantomes. Ballerina (17) is his latest film.

Eric Summer

Eric Summer started his career by directing commercials, documentaries, and international TV shows, including episodes of the acclaimed French TV series Profiling. He moved to Montreal in 2001 and met Eric Warin, with whom he has created a production entity specialising in animation. Ballerina (17) is their latest feature.

Additional Credits

Eric Warin, Eric Summer
Production Company
Caramel Films, Quad Productions
Eric Summer, Laurent Zeitoun, Carol Noble
Jerrica Cleland
Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maddie Ziegler
International Sales Agent
Canadian Distributor
Entertainment One

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