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August 15, 2012

ANIMATED FILMS AT VIFF 2012

VIFF NEWS

This has been an amazing year for animation! We’re excited not only about the wonderful selection of animated features and shorts in this year’s festival, but by the growing interest in the animated classics of the past. The Chinese Monkey King gets an eye-popping 3D restoration on its 50th anniversary, A Liar’s Autobiography (also in 3D) celebrates Graham Chapman's inimitable work with Monty Python, and Persistence of Vision tells the story of what could have been the greatest animated feature of all time, The Thief and the Cobbler.

There's plenty for the kids here, but there's also a tremendous seriousness of purpose and heartfelt artistry to these films. Comic book superheroes may rule the multiplex, but in the wide world of cinema, more rarefied and grown-up tastes are being well served! More and more, the use of animation sequences and devices enhance “photo-based” movies, and while graphic novels break new artistic ground, along comes Cartoon College to introduce us to the great animators of the printed page.

Watch for the fabulous Miyazaki series coming to the PCP and Vancity Theatre in late fall!


The Monkey King--Uproar in Heaven 3D

THE MONKEY KING — UPROAR IN HEAVEN 3D
(Da nao tian gong

China | Dir: Su Da, Chen Zhihong

A grand spectacle, Su Da and Chen Zhihong’s 50th anniversary 3D restoration of China’s most lauded animated feature is truly a special event. Based on the the Ming Dynasty classic Journey to the West, it chronicles the adventures of the magical Monkey King, a mischievous character who creates havoc in the palace of Heaven by refusing to kowtow to the Celestial Jade Emperor... Bring the kids! Classification: TBA.

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A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY:
THE UNTRUE STORY OF MONTY PYTHON'S GRAHAM CHAPMAN

UK | Dir: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett

Ready for something completely different? In the spirit of Graham Chapman’s five-author, highly fictionalized autobiography, this carnivalesque 3D adaptation/animation enlists three directors (Bill Jones, Ben Timlett, Jeff Simpson), 15 animation studios (each using different techniques) and the remaining Monty Python members (minus Eric Idle) to pay irreverent tribute to "the dead one."

Ernest et Celestine

ERNEST ET CÉLESTINE

France/Belgium/Luxembourg | Dir: Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier

Like-minded Ernest, a busking bear, and Célestine, a boho mouse, forge an interspecies friendship and instantly become a cause célèbre. Teaming with Benjamin Renner, A Town Called Panic’s Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier curb their anarchic tendencies and delicately craft "a cautionary fable where friendship tries to stand the test of bigotry and intolerance."—Hollywood Reporter. To be classified so all ages can attend!

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McDull: The Pork of Music

MCDULL: THE PORK OF MUSIC
North American Premiere

Hong Kong | Dir: Brian Tse | Official Website

Hong Kong’s funniest and most subversively popular avatar, the cartoon piglet McDull, is back in an animated musical by Brian Tse and Alice Mak. Mixing hilarious, weird and deliciously profane humour with ultra-sharp social critique, McDull & Company sing about HK’s uniqueness with a poignant charm all their own.

CONSUMING SPIRITS

CONSUMING SPIRITS

USA | Dir: Chris Sullivan

In this spiralling animated tale, the darkly humorous, seemingly random misadventures of three Rust Belt grotesques coalesce into a single affecting narrative. "Shot frame-by-frame using models, multi-plane paper cutouts and traditional pencil-drawn cartoons... this labor of love from do-it-all animator Chris Sullivan has the same rough-edged, cantankerous charms as the characters that populate it."—Variety

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CARTOON COLLEGE

CARTOON COLLEGE
World Premiere 

USA | Dir: Josh Melrod, Tara Wray | Official Website

This bittersweetly charming documentary introduces us to some of the world’s greatest graphic novelists, and the extraordinary college in White River Junction, Vermont, where the comic artists of tomorrow get inspired and get to work! Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly and Scott McCloud are among the many artists to take us into their imaginative inner lives and craft. The fabulous soundtrack includes an original score by Jason Zumpano.

Persistence of Visione

PERSISTENCE OF VISION
World Premiere

USA/UK/Canada | Dir: Kevin Schreck

Stupendous! After toiling on his masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler for 28 years, top British animator Richard Williams—famous for Who Framed Roger Rabbit—saw it wrested from his control and savagely recut. Pairing unreleased scenes from Williams’ virtuoso fairytale with horror stories of creativity falling prey to commerce, Kevin Schreck takes us inside "the greatest animated film never made."

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WRINKLES

WRINKLES
(Arrugas

Spain | Dir: Ignacio Ferreras | Official Website

By turns moving and funny, Ignacio Ferreras’ animated tale of two elderly men who become friends at a care facility for the aged "has heart and humour... Wrinkles ranks as an extraordinarily involving and poignant film... likely to inspire laughter and deep sympathy for the characters, if not tears, in equal measure."—SBS Film.

Winner, Best Animated Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Goya Awards 2012.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Sept. 1 - Sneak Preview Guides Hit The Street
Sept. 10 - VIFF Advance Box Office Opens
Sept. 15 - VIFF Official Program Catalogue On Sale
Sept. 26 - VIFF Film + TV Forum Starts
Sept. 27 - VIFF Opens. Yeah!


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2012

September 27 - October 12, 2012 | Film Info: 604.683.FILM (3456) | VIFF Office: 604.685.0260