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Sean Connery Animated Adventure 'Sir Billi' to Premiere at Sonoma Film Festival

Scotland's first full-length CGI film will screen April 13 at the Sebastiani Theatre.

Sean Connery Tessa Hartman Sacha Hartman - H 2012

Scotland is coming to wine country in April.

The Sonoma International Film Festival, which runs April 11-15, will host the U.S. premiere of Sir Billi, the first full-length animated feature produced entirely in Scotland. The retired Sir Sean Connery voices the title role, a skateboarding grandfather and veterinarian trying to save the last beaver in Scotland with the help of his goat Gordon, voiced by Alan Cumming.

Sascha Hartmann directed the CGI project from a screenplay written by his wife Tessa Hartmann. John Fraser produced the film, with Connery serving as executive producer. Oscar-nominated Scottish composer Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) created the film’s music score, and Dame Shirley Bassey performs the song “Guardian of the Highlands."

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“We are thrilled to host the U.S. premiere of Sir Billi featuring the powerfully dynamic voice of Sir Sean Connery," said festival director Kevin McNeely. "Tessa and Sascha Hartmann have produced a highly entertaining, family oriented film that sizzles with fun, non-stop action and an awesome title track sung by Dame Shirley Bassey, which was composed by Sascha. Bring on the Scots!"

Sir Billi will screen at the 1930s Renaissance-style Sebastiani Theatre April 13.

“I’m excited to be a part of this incredible film and Scotland’s first animated feature,” said Connery. “Sir Billi is truly a first-class film, with an exceptional cast, and is sure to delight audiences of all ages. There’s an incredible amount of work that goes into animated productions and I am delighted that Sascha and his team have completed what has been a labour of love."