Jean-François Laguionie, Xavier Picard

France, Luxembourg, 2019 / 76 min / French OV / Animation

Luxembourgish Premiere / In collaboration with the Institut français du Luxembourg

An old prince is stranded in a foreign city of monkeys using science to fight the forest in this fable that expands on the story of A Monkey’s Tale.

An old monkey prince runs aground on an unknown shore. Injured and lost, he is found by young Tom and taken in by the boy’s parents – two researchers forced into exile by the powerful Academy because they dared to believe in the existence of other monkey civilisations. With Tom’s help, the prince discovers a society stuck in its ways and completely foreign to him. Treated as a “savage” by the locals, Tom’s parents encourage the prince to rebel against the close-minded the scientific elites and to help them prove their long-held theory. But their revolutionary research puts them in grave danger.

The Prince’s Voyage is an affectionate philosophical tale which uses an outsider’s perspective on the monkey city to critically, but also humorously reflect on Western societies.


Fri 06/03 08:45 Ciné Utopia FR OV with EN subt. – 7+ Scolaire
Fri 06/03 09:00 Ciné Utopia FR OV with EN subt. – 12+ Scolaire
Sat 07/03 14:00 Ciné Utopia FR OV with EN subt. – 7+ Public
Cast & Credits
Enrico Di Giovanni, Thomas Sagols, Gabriel Le Doze, Marie-Madeleine Burguet-Le Doze, Célia Rosich, Catherine Lafond, Frédéric Cerdal, Patrick Bonnel
Jean-François Laguionie, Anik Le Ray
Sébastien Marquilly
Jean Palenstijn, Christel Boyer, Pascal Gérard
Christophe Héral
Blue Spirit Productions, Mélusine Productions
Les Grignoux
Yann Martinat, Joachim Henrard

Born in 1939 in Besançon, France, Jean-François Laguionie studied applied arts before Paul Grimault initiated him to animation. He then started making his own first shorts. In 1978, he received the Palme d’Or for the Best Short Film in Cannes for Rowing Across the Atlantic. Afterwards he started to direct feature-length films with Gwen, the Book of Sand (1985), before working on A Monkey’s Tale (1999), a much more ambitious and mainstream film than his previous ones. In 2004 he adapted his own novel Black Mor’s Island, followed by Louise by the Shore which is released in 2016. The Prince’s Voyage (2019) is his sixth feature film and is set in the same world as A Monkey’s Tale.

Xavier Picard has written, directed and produced more than 300 hours of animation, working among others with Jean Chalopin, Hanna Barbera, Luc Besson and Mamoru Ooshi on films and TV series distributed in more than 100 countries. In 2014, he directed the animation film Moomins on the Riviera – his only feature film besides The Prince’s Voyage (2019) – which has been released in more than 70 countries since. Currently, together with Vera Belmont, Xavier Picard is working on My Father’s Secrets, an adaptation of Michel Kichka’s graphic novel Second Generation – The Things I Didn’t Tell My Father about the Holocaust.

  • Jean-François Laguionie
  • 2019 – Le Voyage du prince
  • 2016 – Louise en hiver
  • 2011 – Le Tableau
  • 2004 – L’Île de Black Mor
  • 1999 – Le Château des singes
  • 1985 – Gwen, le livre de Sable
  • 1978 – La Traversée de l’Atlantique à la rame (short)
  • 1976 – Le Masque du diable (short)
  • 1975 – L’Acteur (short)
  • 1974 – Potr’ et la fille des eaux (short)
  • 1972 – Hélène ou le malentendu (short)
  • 1971 – Plage privée (short)
  • 1969 – Une Bombe par hasard (short)
  • 1967 – L’Arche de Noé (short)
  • 1965 – La Demoiselle et le violoncelliste (short)
  • Xavier Picard
  • 2019 – Le Voyage du prince
  • 2014 – Les Moomins sur la Riviera
  • 1991 – The Magic Trolls and the Troll Warriors (short)