Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli explores a new creative direction after the retirement of its founder Hayao Miyazaki with this realistically drawn feature created in partnership with Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. This tale of a shipwrecked man who establishes a family and a new life on an island inhabited only by majestic animal life is told without dialogue.
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The first animated feature of Claude Barras is narratively and visually a perfect blend of the oeuvres of Tim Burton and Wes Anderson. The recently orphaned hero, a young eccentric boy, nicknamed Zucchini, does not only need to find new friends but also to learn to know himself in this unknown situation. This bittersweet stop motion drama, full of emotion and humour, is a story about childhood best enyoyed by those who have already left that age behind.
25 April explores the 1915 Gallipoli campaign of World War I, and its impact on New Zealand's cultural identity, via a combination of documentary, fictional narrative, and digital animation. Directed by Leanne Pooley, the film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
August 1914. While Jean Mordant is away winning the title of World Wrestling Champion in Buenos Aires, his daughter Mimi is raped by German occupiers in Ostend. Jean swears he will avenge this immoral disgrace. With his coach Victor and young nephew Guido, he enrolls in the prestigious ACM, the first Armored Car Division ever. But the heavily-built armored vehicles keep getting stuck in the mud of Flanders. The battalion is hastily transferred to the Eastern front. Jean is devastated by frustration for he has just learned that Mimi is pregnant. But war conditions are ruthless and he and his friends embark on a dramatic journey that ultimately will drag them around the world. In Russia, boredom and vodka sap the troops' morale. The armored vehicle is named "Cafard": as indestructible as a cockroach but also a symbol of nostalgia and melancholy. Jean's only twinkle of hope is Jelena, a Russian nurse. But she cannot prevent his downward moral spiral. At the end of a disastrous military operation, Jean finally takes his revenge by cowardly shooting a German soldier in the back. But revenge is bitter.
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On the last day of summer, Louise, an old woman realizes that the last train has departed without her. She finds herself alone in a small seaside resort town, abandoned by everyone. The weather quickly turns for the worse followed by the seasonal tides. Fragile and coquettish, not nearly as well-prepared as a would-be Robinson Crusoe, Louise isn’t likely to make it through the winter…
The film follows the initial circumstances of the zombie outbreak at the titular railway station. When a bloodied old man collapses in front of the Seoul Station building, nobody is willing to help him because they assume he is homeless, but the man’s younger brother nevertheless desperately tries to gather help without any luck. Naturally, the old man turns into a zombie and causes chaos in and around the station, setting off a chain of destruction that will lead to the events in “Train to Busan.”
Teenagers Birdboy and Dinky have decided to escape from an island devastated by ecological catastrophe: Birdboy by shutting himself off from the world, Dinky by setting out on a dangerous voyage in the hope that Birdboy will accompany her.
Awarded in Annecy with a special prize, Sébastien Laudenbach's new feature is about a daughter of a poor miller who unintentionally sells her to the devil in an attempt to avoid starvation of the whole family. She is followed by the evil of her new master throughout her lifetime. This adaptation of a tale by the Grimm brothers is magical and sensitive, at times brutal. It is special for its minimalist, poetic visual style, rendered of bare lines, whereas even the colours are symbolic.
When the Prime Minister of Japan is assassinated by a mysterious cyborg, Major Motoko Kusanagi comes up as the prime suspect. It's up to the agents of Public Security Section 9 to discover the true nature of the murder, and clear Motoko's name.
NUTS! is a feature length documentary [directed by Penny Lane] about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station. Using animated reenactments, interviews, archival footage, and a hilariously unreliable narrator, NUTS! traces Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence in Depression-era America. Along the way, he transplants tens of thousands of goat testicles; amasses an enormous fortune; is (sort of) elected Governor of Kansas; builds the world’s most powerful radio station; invents junk mail, the infomercial, the sound-truck and Border Radio; hosts some epic parties; and annoys the heck out of the establishment, until finally his audacious actions force the federal government to create regulations to stop him. How he does it, and what happens when it all comes crashing down, is the story of NUTS!
A wonderful movie of Lubomír Beneš and Vladimír Jiránek, is directed by Lubomír Beneš and Marek Beneš, follows a couple of friends who face mostly self-made problems, so that they have to solve them by any possible and impossible tools. This makes even more problems and yet, ultimately, the two get mostly surprising solutions.
Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she'd rather be in Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of Poetry itself.
The best graduation films from the past 20 years selected by the National Film School of Denmark
Roundtable on the new ways animation festival organisers are reaching out to their audiences in the digital age.
Roundtable with and about teaching animation in schools and universities. Our guest teachers discuss.
Join us for a coffee and some snacks, meet the festival's visiting filmmakers, enter the informal dialogue between animation professionals.
The juries of Anilogue 2016 will annouce their decision on Saturday evening. Two main awards will be handed out: the Best Animated Short and the Best Animated Feature of 2016. Besides, every jury member will be asked to pick a competition film for a Special Award. The Audience Choice award will be based on the votes of the festival audience.
All the awarded short films are compiled to this single programme as part of the Anilogue Awards Show.