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Films & Schedules - Animation

THE BOY AND THE WORLD

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE BOY AND THE WORLD

DIRECTOR: ALÊ ABREU - BRAZIL

Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s whimsical, exquisitely-rendered, animated film views contemporary society through the eyes of a child. Cuca, a small boy growing up in the rainforest, finds his serene life thrown upside down when his father leaves to work in the industrialized city, prompting an adventurous journey to find him. Along the way he uncovers a whole new, modern world dominated by animal machines and a variety of strange characters that are a far cry from the natural environment they came from. Melding mesmerizing sound design with uniquely original hand-drawn visuals, a samba and hip-hop score by some of...

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GIOVANNI'S ISLAND

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 3:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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GIOVANNI'S ISLAND

DIRECTOR: MIZUHO NISHIKUBO - JAPAN

After Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, the lives of brothers Junpei and Kanta are turned upside-down as the Soviet Union occupies their small island of Shikotan, and they must work to keep their family together while struggling to understand an unfamiliar culture. Their new friend Tanya, a Soviet girl their age, helps make the transition smoother, but it’s not long before Junpei and Kanta are separated from their father and sent away from their home. Based on true events, as well as the classic Japanese novel Night on the Galactic Railroad, Giovanni’s Island is a beautifully...

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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

DIRECTOR: SIGNE BAUMANE - LATVIA

Latvian-born, New York-based animator Signe Baumane’s charming film is a witty and moving examination of the director’s battle with depression, narrated by Baumane herself. Combining both papier-mâché stop-motion and hand-drawn animation, the film is also a history of her family and how their lives have been touched by the sting of depression. “People assume one makes a personal film to get rid of one’s own demons . . . as some kind of psychotherapy. I make films to entertain, to engage people in a conversation, at times provoke—but mainly to offer my point of view on the world”—Signe Baumane. “Sharp,...

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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 1 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SHORT CUTS 5: ANIMATED WORLDS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

This selection of new international animation is selected by LAIKA’S Mark Shapiro from visits to animation festivals worldwide. He will be on-hand to talk about the films.

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