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Animation for Grown-Ups
This one might get a little bawdy, or dark, or... become something very unexpected. This is our first time offering a program of animation for grownups. These shorts were all in the running for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short for 2013, except Bydlo, which is in the running for an Annie Award.
Recommended for mature audiences.
UK / 2012 / 11 mins / English
Directed by Emma Burch
When bullied Molly Flowers declares a dislike for boys, her boozy and self-medicated mother invents a story to shock her into a more sympathetic view…the tale of how Molly was born a boy called Bradford Dillman but had her willy chopped off – then takes on a life of its own.
Canada / 2012 / 9 mins / English
Directed by Patrick Bouchard
Like a dream in the morning mist, a mighty ox emerges from the rain-soaked earth dragging the remnants of an old cart. A prisoner of its yoke, the great beast pulls its heavy load, which carries within it a greedy and angry nation of people—a hungry parasite that saps its energy and consumes its body and soul. An allegory of mankind heading for disaster, Bydlo is a tragic vision inspired by the fourth movement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Drawing on the composer’s brilliant ability to evoke work and labour in his music, Patrick Bouchard brings the earth to life through animated clay sculptures, creating a concrete and terrifying world, a tactile nightmare in which man is his own slave driver (National Film Board of Canada).
Canada / 2012 / 15 mins / English
Created by Franck Dion
Edmond is not like everybody else. A small, quiet man, Edmond has a wife who loves him and a job that he does extraordinarily well. He is, however, very aware that he is different. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. And though he comes to enjoy his new identity, an ever-widening chasm opens up between himself and others.
Canada / 2012 / 14 mins / English
Directed by Michèle Lemieux
Done with the seldom-seen pinscreen technique (click on image above to see a making of), this animation is as metaphysical as its title suggests.
China/Russia / 2012 / 5 mins
Directed by Dmitry Geller
The gorgeous images belie a mildly macabre tale that ends in the clouds.
Belgium/Netherlands / 2012 / 19 mins / English
Directed by Hisko Hulsing
A man is being robbed and stabbed by a junkie and in the last second before he dies, a youth friendship flashes before his eyes. He and his bosomfriend grew apart, when the latter was being drawn more and more into a misty world of drugs and criminality under influence of a lowlife dealer who lives with his father on the junkyard in their neighbourhood.
Belgium/France/Netherlands / 2012 / 17 mins / English
Directed by Emma de Swaef
Fifty-something Willy returns to the naturist community where he has spend his youth to visit his dying mother. When she dies shortly after he arrives, Willy is confronted with the choices he made in his life. In confused sadness he flees away into the forest. After a rough start he finds the motherly protection of a big gentle hairy beast.