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U.S. director's "Little Prince" gets French premiere at Cannes

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 01:15

The animated production of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic tale ''The Little Prince'' is premiered at the Cannes film festival. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The creators of the animated film "The Little Prince", which had its world premiere at the Cannes festival on Friday (May 22), knew they had to take extra care in adapting one of the most cherished works of 20th-century French literature for the screen. To that end, American director Mark Osborne has created a story within a story in which a Little Girl, voiced by Mackenzie Foy is introduced to poet and novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic by an elderly aviator. "If we can build a larger story around the book and keep the book safe at the heart of a larger story then we had a chance of not only protecting the book but of potentially bringing the book to new generations and to people who haven't been touched by the book," Osborne said at a news conference. The aviator reads the little girl The Little Prince, which he says he has written, and opens her mind to how she is missing out on the wonders and fantasies of childhood. "'We have exactly enough of the book to both honor the book and to tell the story that we need to tell," Osborne said about the famous original. "I do that to skirt the question but we really did include every aspect of the book that we needed to be able to tell the story that we are telling." The film will be released in France in July, with U.S. plans as yet unannounced.

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U.S. director's "Little Prince" gets French premiere at Cannes

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 01:15