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Animatopia. New paths of animation cinema
2013. 61st Edition
Films
Films
Thematic retrospective. ANIMATOPIA. NEW PATHS OF ANIMATION CINEMA
Thematic retrospective. ANIMATOPIA. NEW PATHS OF ANIMATION CINEMA
My Life as McDull
Toe Yuen
Hong Kong  2001
Winner of the Annecy Festival in 2003 based on the popular Hong Kong comic, this little gem of an animated film shows us the adult world from the bewildered perspective of McDull, a piglet with more questions than answers.

Winner of the Annecy Festival in 2003 based on the popular Hong Kong comic, this little gem of an animated film shows us the adult world from the bewildered perspective of McDull, a piglet with more questions than answers.

Waking Life
Richard Linklater
USA  2001
Richard Linklater, one of the most personal and unpredictable contemporary American filmmakers, couldn’t be expected to make a conventional animation movie: a philosophical look at the meaning of life and the world around us.

Richard Linklater, one of the most personal and unpredictable contemporary American filmmakers, couldn’t be expected to make a conventional animation movie: a philosophical look at the meaning of life and the world around us.

Hair High
Bill Plympton
USA  2004
Bill Plympton, master of irreverent animation, applies his inimitable style in this homage to the teen movies of the 50s, to comedy from the school of oversized toupees, rock music, fast bikes, loverboys and dance queens. All of course generously sprinkled with the blackest of humour and shots at satire.

Bill Plympton, master of irreverent animation, applies his inimitable style in this homage to the teen movies of the 50s, to comedy from the school of oversized toupees, rock music, fast bikes, loverboys and dance queens. All of course generously sprinkled with the blackest of humour and shots at satire.

Maindo gêmu / Mind Game
Masaaki Yuasa
JAPAN  2004
Adaptation of a popular Japanese underground comic, this impressive merger between hugely varying animation techniques narrates the bizarre adventures of Nishi, a youngster obsessed with becoming a comic illustrator.

Adaptation of a popular Japanese underground comic, this impressive merger between hugely varying animation techniques narrates the bizarre adventures of Nishi, a youngster obsessed with becoming a comic illustrator.

Nyócker / The District / Nyócker
Áron Gauder, Erik Novak
HUNGARY  2004
Animated film takes to the streets: considered by some as the "Hungarian South Park", this winning film at the Annecy Festival is the caricaturesque chronicle of life in a multi-racial district of Budapest inhabited by Gypsies, Arabs, Chinese and Hungarians.

Animated film takes to the streets: considered by some as the "Hungarian South Park", this winning film at the Annecy Festival is the caricaturesque chronicle of life in a multi-racial district of Budapest inhabited by Gypsies, Arabs, Chinese and Hungarians.

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
GERMANY-UK-FRANCE  2005
The Quay brothers are two of the most incorruptible and imaginative artists to have come out of modern animation cinema. In their second feature they apply their stop-motion techniques to the morbid Gothic tale of an opera singer kidnapped by a sinister doctor who wants to turn her into an automaton.

The Quay brothers are two of the most incorruptible and imaginative artists to have come out of modern animation cinema. In their second feature they apply their stop-motion techniques to the morbid Gothic tale of an opera singer kidnapped by a sinister doctor who wants to turn her into an automaton.

De profundis / From the Sea
Miguelanxo Prado
SPAIN-PORTUGAL  2006
One of the most unusual and surprising animation productions ever made in our country, a visual and musical poem conceived by the Galician illustrator Miguelanxo Prado and created using animated oil paintings. 

One of the most unusual and surprising animation productions ever made in our country, a visual and musical poem conceived by the Galician illustrator Miguelanxo Prado and created using animated oil paintings. 

Papurika / Paprika / Paprika
Satoshi Kon
Japan  2006
The last film and testament from one of Japanese anime's greats, Satoshi Kon, a hallucinating and visually brilliant sci-fi fantasy: what happens when we have the ability to enter other peoples' dreams?

The last film and testament from one of Japanese anime's greats, Satoshi Kon, a hallucinating and visually brilliant sci-fi fantasy: what happens when we have the ability to enter other peoples' dreams?

Princess
Anders Morgenthaler
DENMARK-GERMANY   2006
One of the most controversial productions to come out of recent animation cinema, this violent and poignant film follows a missioner's crusade against the porn industry to avenge his sister's death. Nothing further from a film for all the family. 

One of the most controversial productions to come out of recent animation cinema, this violent and poignant film follows a missioner's crusade against the porn industry to avenge his sister's death. Nothing further from a film for all the family. 

Tachiguishi retsuden / Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters / Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters
Mamoru Oshii
Japan  2006
A mockumentary bringing a critical history of Japan from the post-war until today, summed up in a prestigious collage of innovative animation techniques, courtesy of Mamoru Oshii, mythical creator of Ghost in the Shell and Avalon. 

A mockumentary bringing a critical history of Japan from the post-war until today, summed up in a prestigious collage of innovative animation techniques, courtesy of Mamoru Oshii, mythical creator of Ghost in the Shell and Avalon. 

Peur(s) du noir / Fear(s) of the Dark
Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire
FRANCE  2007
Prestigious names from the world of illustration and drawing come together in this anthology film where each use their personal styles to depict the worst fears of the human being. The journey into darkness was never so beautifully drawn.

Prestigious names from the world of illustration and drawing come together in this anthology film where each use their personal styles to depict the worst fears of the human being. The journey into darkness was never so beautifully drawn.

$9.99
Tatia Rosenthal
ISRAEL-AUSTRALIA  2008
Stop-motion adaptation of the short stories by the Israeli writer Etgar Keret, a collection of tales focussed on the people who live in a block of flats, their daily problems, and their search for the meaning of their lives.

Stop-motion adaptation of the short stories by the Israeli writer Etgar Keret, a collection of tales focussed on the people who live in a block of flats, their daily problems, and their search for the meaning of their lives.

Vals im Bashir / Waltz with Bashir / Waltz with Bashir
Ari Folman
ISRAEL-FRANCE-GERMANY-USA-FINLAND-SWITZERLAND-BELGIUM-AUSTRALIA  2008
One of the most celebrated and important productions of adult animation in recent years, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Animation and historical research shake hands to unveil a terrible episode in the recent history of the Middle East.

One of the most celebrated and important productions of adult animation in recent years, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Animation and historical research shake hands to unveil a terrible episode in the recent history of the Middle East.

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson
USA  2009
Wes Anderson adapts a short story by Roald Dahl for his first animation movie, fantastically supported by Hollywood star-packed cast who lend voice and soul to the characters. Anderson goes beyond mere family cinema to revisit his sweet and sour reflections on the family, its happy times and its misfortunes.

Wes Anderson adapts a short story by Roald Dahl for his first animation movie, fantastically supported by Hollywood star-packed cast who lend voice and soul to the characters. Anderson goes beyond mere family cinema to revisit his sweet and sour reflections on the family, its happy times and its misfortunes.

Mary and Max
Adam Elliot
AUSTRALIA  2009
Winner of awards at prestigious animation festivals like Annecy and Ottawa, this is the tender tale of a friendship between pen-pals you wouldn't believe was possible: a lonely girl in Melbourne and an obese 40-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome in New York. Will they ever meet face to face?

Winner of awards at prestigious animation festivals like Annecy and Ottawa, this is the tender tale of a friendship between pen-pals you wouldn't believe was possible: a lonely girl in Melbourne and an obese 40-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome in New York. Will they ever meet face to face?

Metropia
Tarik Saleh
SWEDEN-DENMARK-NORWAY  2009
A sophisticated animation technique based on manipulated, computer-animated photographs provides the visuals of this claustrophobic fable on the life of a hypothetical Europe in the near future. The voices are by Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis and Stellan Skarsgård.

A sophisticated animation technique based on manipulated, computer-animated photographs provides the visuals of this claustrophobic fable on the life of a hypothetical Europe in the near future. The voices are by Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis and Stellan Skarsgård.

Chico & Rita
Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
SPAIN-UK  2010
The creative coming together between the filmmaker Fernando Trueba and the designer Javier Mariscal resulted in a film nominated for an Academy Award that landed a Goya and the European Film Award. A light-packed tour of Cuban music through a passionate love story.

The creative coming together between the filmmaker Fernando Trueba and the designer Javier Mariscal resulted in a film nominated for an Academy Award that landed a Goya and the European Film Award. A light-packed tour of Cuban music through a passionate love story.

Alois Nebel
Tomás Lunák
CZECH REPUBLIC-GERMANY  2011
Based on a prestigious graphic novel by Czech artists Rudis & Jaromir, this tale in steely black and white stars a stationmaster on the border with Poland who lives tormented by the ghosts of his past. 

Based on a prestigious graphic novel by Czech artists Rudis & Jaromir, this tale in steely black and white stars a stationmaster on the border with Poland who lives tormented by the ghosts of his past. 

Arrugas / Wrinkles
Ignacio Ferreras
SPAIN  2011
The Spanish production to bag most awards in recent years and premiered at the 59th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. A carefully-made adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Paco Roca sensitively portraying the life of residents in a home for the elderly.

The Spanish production to bag most awards in recent years and premiered at the 59th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. A carefully-made adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Paco Roca sensitively portraying the life of residents in a home for the elderly.

Crulic - Drumul spre dincolo / Crulic - The Path to Beyond / Crulic - The Path to Beyond
Anca Damian
ROMANIA-POLAND  2011
Can animation cinema and documentary join forces? This film, winner at the Annecy Festival, proves that it is possible and even recommendable: a spectacular animated work recreates the true story of Claudiu Crulic, a Romanian citizen who was arrested in Poland for a crime he claimed he never committed.

Can animation cinema and documentary join forces? This film, winner at the Annecy Festival, proves that it is possible and even recommendable: a spectacular animated work recreates the true story of Claudiu Crulic, a Romanian citizen who was arrested in Poland for a crime he claimed he never committed.

Dwae-ji-ui wang / The King of Pigs / The King of Pigs
Sang-ho Yeun
SOUTH KOREA  2011
The big revelation of recent South Korean animation was this powerful chronicle of power struggles between students at a Seoul high school: two former pupils remember a mysterious classmate who marked their lives.

The big revelation of recent South Korean animation was this powerful chronicle of power struggles between students at a Seoul high school: two former pupils remember a mysterious classmate who marked their lives.

Gordo, calvo y bajito / Fat, Bald, Short Man
Carlos Osuna
COLOMBIA  2011
Animation cinema can also tell familiar, everyday stories, like this one about Antonio Farfan, an assistant in a notary's office who believes that his poor professional and sentimental success is due to his unattractive physical appearance. Until someone shows him that things could be different.

Animation cinema can also tell familiar, everyday stories, like this one about Antonio Farfan, an assistant in a notary's office who believes that his poor professional and sentimental success is due to his unattractive physical appearance. Until someone shows him that things could be different.

Le tableau / The Painting
Jean-François Laguionie
FRANCE-BELGIUM  2011
Can the figures in a painting come to life? This fascinating exercise in animation stars the inhabitants of a painting left incomplete by its author: figures completely painted, others with no colour, and those that are nothing but sketches.

Can the figures in a painting come to life? This fascinating exercise in animation stars the inhabitants of a painting left incomplete by its author: figures completely painted, others with no colour, and those that are nothing but sketches.

Tatsumi
Eric Khoo
SINGAPORE  2011
A delightful portrayal of the life and work of manga illustrator Yoshihiro Tatsumi adapting the artist's memories and some of his most famous and heartrending narrations, thanks to a careful visual style maintaining the full beauty of the original.

A delightful portrayal of the life and work of manga illustrator Yoshihiro Tatsumi adapting the artist's memories and some of his most famous and heartrending narrations, thanks to a careful visual style maintaining the full beauty of the original.

A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett
UK  2012
Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, was one of the founders of the Monty Python comedy group. Now his memoires, "A Liar's Autobiography" are taken to the screen with the help of animation. The story may not be factually exact, but that doesn't make it any less true.

Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, was one of the founders of the Monty Python comedy group. Now his memoires, "A Liar's Autobiography" are taken to the screen with the help of animation. The story may not be factually exact, but that doesn't make it any less true.

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