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Part of Family Programming


Directed by Sergio Pablos

Spain | Fiction Feature | 96

17 Nov
Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

Guests Expected

Director Sergio Pablos and producer Jinko Gotoh are expected to attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A and a fan meet & greet.


When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (Oscar winner J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care. An animated holiday comedy directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, Klaus co-stars Joan Cusack, Will Sasso, and Norm Macdonald.

This special event, hosted by SFFILM Education under its Family Programming initiative, is free and open to the public. Advance RSVP is required.

Kids will have a chance to meet the filmmakers, get signed posters, and take photos with costumed characters following the screening.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Director Sergio Pablos

Sergio Pablos has worked in the animation industry for over 20 years, working across disciplines such as animation supervising, character design, story, executive producing, writing, and directing. He co-created the 2010 global hit Despicable Me, and his past credits include Tarzan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, and many more. He is a two-time Annie Award nominee for his character design work on Rio and Treasure Planet. Pablos opened his Madrid-based company, SPA Studios, to create his passion project of 15 years, Klaus. The film marks Pablos’ directorial debut, and will be on Netflix November 15.

Producer Jinko Gotoh

Jinko Gotoh is a producer and consultant for the animation industry. With over 30 years experience spanning a wide range of media, Gotoh places particular emphasis on the evolution of animation as a visual storytelling medium. Her strengths include the nurture of creative talent, the charting of new technologies and creative processes, and the implementation of cost-effective production processes. Gotoh is currently producing Klaus and Escape From Hat for Netflix. Her screen credits include The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, The Little Prince, The Illusionist, 9, Finding Nemo, and Space Jam. Gotoh worked at Disney Feature Animation as director of digital production, overseeing the inevitable move to CGI animation and its extensive application on such features as Dinosaur and Fantasia 2000. Since leaving Pixar in 2003, Gotoh’s assignments have ushered her fully around the globe.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 96

Country Spain

Director Sergio Pablos

Producer Gustavo Ferrada, Mercedes Gamero, Jinko Gotoh, Mikel Lejarza, Sergio Pablos, Marisa Roman, Matthew Teevan

Writer Zach Lewis, Jim Mahoney

Music Alfonso G. Aguilar

Cast Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Joan Cusack

Print Source Netflix