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Films & Schedules - Animation

THE APOSTLE

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 1 PM (Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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THE APOSTLE

DIRECTOR: Fernando Cortizo - SPAIN

Ramon, a convict who has escaped from jail, arrives in a remote Galician mountain village searching for a treasure hidden there years earlier. What at first appears to be a deserted town in which only a few old people live turns out to be a village under a mysterious curse that has existed for over 600 years. He soon finds himself in a nightmarish world in which the harmless elders are actually looking for souls to trade with the grim reaper himself. This adult fairy tale—a beguiling mix of stop-motion, 3D animation, and motion capture, steeped in a dark, gothic...

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AYA OF YOP CITY

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 12:15 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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AYA OF YOP CITY

DIRECTOR: Clément Oubrerie, Marguerite Abouet - FRANCE

Based on the series of young adult graphic novels, this vibrant animated tale unfolds in a colorful, working-class neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Life is good in Yop City: its sun-soaked markets, open air bars, and quirky cafés are the perfect backdrop for 19-year-old Aya and her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou. While the bookish Aya hopes to get a degree in medicine, the ambitions of Adjoua and Bintou lean more toward the degree to which they can attract young men. In this upbeat, gentle weave of modern urban Africa, the three girls navigate nosy neighbors, meddling relatives, young...

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CHEATIN’

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 5:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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CHEATIN’

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

An adult tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and murder—infused with Plympton’s surreal sense of humor—Cheatin’ takes its inspiration from the work of such James M. Cain noir classics as Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine,” Ella takes the form of...

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THE CONGRESS

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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THE CONGRESS

DIRECTOR: Ari Folman - ISRAEL

“Folman’s follow-up to his strikingly rotoscoped Waltz with Bashir is a bold, metaphysical sci-fi satire: a live-action set-up that goes down the rabbit hole of loony animation partway through. Based on a novel by Solaris author Stanislaw Lem, The Congress sees Robin Wright playing Robin Wright, an actress with diminishing options in a savage and surreal movie business. When her agent (Harvey Keitel) delivers an ultimatum, Wright’s only choice is to sell her very identity. Plunged into a lurid Orwellian future, she must rediscover herself with the help of her personal animator (Jon Hamm) and human doctor (Paul Giamatti).”—London Film...

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THE DAY OF THE CROWS

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 22, 2014
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE DAY OF THE CROWS

DIRECTOR: Jean-Christophe Dessaint - FRANCE

Filled with charming, gorgeous animation, The Day of the Crows is a delightful family film. A father raises his son Courge in the wild and warns him never to venture beyond the forest. One day the boy’s father is injured, and the son must leave the woods in search of help. Entering a neighboring village, he befriends a young girl and experiences the wonders civilization offers—and the truth about his family’s past. Exploring the blurred lines between animal and human, nature and civilization, and the realms of the living and of spirits, underneath is a simple story of a father’s...

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ERNEST AND CELESTINE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 23, 2014
at 12:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ERNEST AND CELESTINE

DIRECTOR: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner - FRANCE

Ernest and Celestine is the winner of France’s Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous other festival prizes. Tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels lives a civilization of hard-working mice, terrified of the bears that live aboveground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for burly troubadour Ernest, the pair forms an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, influences as varied as Buster...

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MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 1 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 1 PM (Cinemagic)
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MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL

DIRECTOR: Marc Boréal, Thibaut Chatel - FRANCE

Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this winner of the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival is a beautifully moving tale full of moments of sheer, simple, childish joy. Six-year-old Jean is starting first grade. He looks forward to learning to read and write so he won’t need Michelle, the girl next door, to read the postcards he gets from his mysteriously absent mother, who writes from around the world about her wild adventures. Even though they seem far-fetched at times, with his father so busy, the postcards bring comfort. A bittersweet, joyous,...

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THE WIND RISES

Thu, Feb 6, 2014
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Thu, Feb 6, 2014
at 6:45 PM (OMSI)
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THE WIND RISES

DIRECTOR: Hayao Miyazaki - JAPAN

Miyazaki, co-founder of the legendary Studio Ghibli, eschewing his typically fictional characters ensconced in a fantasy world, instead brings to life the story of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one of history’s most beautiful airplanes—the prototype for the Zero WWII fighter. Adapted from Miyazaki’s own serialized manga, which was itself inspired by Tatsuo Hori’s 1937 story of the same name, this epic tale of love, invention, and hope spans decades, sweeping through great historical moments of 20th-century Japan. In what he has said is his last film, the winner of dozens of international awards, Miyazaki dazzles with his usual beautifully...

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