The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily

La fameuse invasion des ours en Sicile

Director: Lorenzo Mattotti
Country: France

2019 | 82 min. | French
Synchronization in German
Age recommendation: Ages 6+

Cast_ Leïla Bekhti, Thomas Bidegain, Jean-Claude Carrière Screenplay_ Thomas Bidegain, Jean-Luc Fromental, Lorenzo Mattotti Producer_ Valérie Schermann, Christophe Jankovic Rights_ Weltkino

In this gripping animated film, the relationship between humans and animals is turned on its head. An adaptation of the classic children's book that sparkles with ingenuity and wit.

Dino Buzzati's "The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily" is a story that has it all, full of adventure, magic and larger-than-life emotions. The bears, who usually lead a peaceful life in the ochre mountains of Sicily, are suddenly confronted with humans. Little Tonio has disappeared and his father, the brave bear King Leonzio, asks the humans for help. But the nasty Grand Duke who rules the valley has nothing in mind but war and fashionable hats. Captivating in its vivid images and clear forms, the animation lacks none of the fantasy of the literary original and charms with its humorous dialogues. An entertaining parable about good and bad rulers.


Lorenzo Mattotti, born 1954 in Brescia, Italy, is a renowned graphic designer and comic book artist. His illustrations have appeared in Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair, among others. In 2000, he designed the official poster for the Cannes Film Festival. The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily premiered in Cannes and was nominated for the French film prize César in 2020.