Hordes of local schoolchildren besieged the red carpet Friday for the Cannes Film Festival’s first kids’ gala screening.
Some 1,800 tykes taking part were treated to a 20-minute self-contained extract of the animated film “Kirikou and the Wild Beasts,” Michel Ocelot’s much-awaited follow up to his hit African-set adventure “Kirikou and the Sorceress.”
First “Kirikou” film, which recounts the adventures of a brave little African boy, was a big hit in many parts of the globe but pic’s bare-breasted African women made it a no-no for release in some countries — including the U.S.
Greeting the kids on the steps of the Palais des Festivals was the Circus Baobab, a troupe of Guinean musicians and acrobats. Screening was preceded by a cinema lesson given by Ocelot, and followed by a half-hour concert by Manu Dibango — who composed the score of the film — and singer Rokia Traore. Festivities wrapped with a picnic, courtesy of the Cannes City Hall, and more music and acrobatics on the beach.