Animage celebrates 10 years as an important showcase of the Brazilian and International animation

This edition brings a varied programming, distributed by CAIXA Cultural Recife,

São Luis Movie Theater and Fudaj Movie Theater Derby

For 10 years Recife is connected with the international contemporary production of animation. Animage – International Animation Festival of Pernambuco reaches its 10th edition updating its audience with the best short and feature films released worldwide. In 2019, screenings will be held at CAIXA Cultural Recife (free sessions), Cine São Luiz and Cine da Fundaj – Derby (popular prices), from 11 to 20 of October.

At each of its editions the programme reinforces authorship and consolidates its own identity emphasizing originality that can be seen at the Short Film Competitive Screening and opens throughout the Screenings and Special Sessions of short and feature films.

Most part of the films offered at the programme would never reach town if not through the festival, which offers moments of fun and reflection to audiences of all ages, besides promoting artistic exchange with workshops and formation activities. Renowned artists and new ones, who after becoming really acknowledged, has been watched at the festival throughout this decade. Animage tunes with the artistic avant-garde and at the same time bring back classic films of countless richness”, states Julio Cavani, the festival’s curator. 

Major animation professionals are invited to participate in Animage. This year Bruno Collet, awarded director and set designers with almost 30 years experience, will screen his short film Mémorable at the Competitive Screening and also the special session with his films.

From Germany, special guest Kiana Naghshineh, director graduated at the Filmakademie Baden – Württemberg, will head a workshop and also will screen a session with her short films. Both will take part on a Q&A with the audience after sessions. From Pernambuco, Chia Beloto, Marilia Cantuária and Bruno Cabús will hold workshops that will happen at Caixa Cultural Recife.

COMPETITIVE SCREENING – This year the festival has received over 800 subscriptions, from which 78 short films from over 30 countries were selected, all with various animation techniques. Access the films lists here. Ayodê França, Chia Beloto and Ianah Maia took part on this selection. Animage’s Competitive Screening, divided between adult and children sessions, gather recent productions and awards the best movies on the following categories: Best Short FIlm – Animage Grand Prize, Best Children Short Film, Best Brazilian Short Film and Audience Award. The award also includes best direction, screenplay, production design, technique and sound.

FEATURE FILMS – one of the most important characteristics of Animage is the strong presence of films never released in Brazil. This year one of the films that is part of the programme is the classic My Neighbor Totoro, which the festival screens after 30 years after its release in Brazil.

Feature films Les Hirondelles de Kaboul, by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec (France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, 2019, 75´), will be screened at the tradition opening session of Animage at Cine São Luiz. A poetic and touching film, it talks about Kaboul’s occupation by Taliban, an adaptation of the romance of the same name written by Yasmina Khadra.The film was part of a screening Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Festival. 

Still exploring the French production, Zero Impunity, by Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies and Denis Lambert (France, Luxembourg, 2019, 90 ‘), in documentary language, the film shows how sexual violence is covered by various governments, especially in war contexts.

From American animation, this year’s Animage presents My Whole High School Sinking Into the SeaDash Shaw’s (USA, 2016, 76 ‘), the feature showcases the handcrafted technique used by the acclaimed American comic director, who ran for Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and features voices by artists such as Susan Sarandon, Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham and Reggie Watts. 

Tux and Fanny, by Albert Birney (USA, 2019, 82 ‘), a film that combines philosophy and irony by telling a story with minimalist visuals and lo-fi 2D pixel graphics, reminiscent from Atari games. It is the unfolding of a series developed on Instagram by Birney.

Also among the feature films, Psiconauts, Los Niños Olvidados, by Alberto Vázquez & Pedro Rivero (Spain, 2015, 76 ‘), is a beautiful work on pain and death of a decaying society at a post-apocalyptic world. The film was the winner of the 2017 Goya and Platinum Best Animation Awards.

And completing the selection, to celebrate these 10 years of Animage, a great classic of Japanese animation cinema is presented in the programming. My Neighbor Totoro, written and directed by celebrated Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1988, 86 ‘), will be shown to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his creation at Studio Ghibli. A simple movie that mixes reality and fantasy inside Japan, and that easily delights adults and children.

SCREENINGS AND SPECIAL SESSIONS – Animage’s programming features special short exhibits that point to the rich mosaic of techniques and themes provided by animation cinema.

Retrospective Exhibition 10 years

Upon reaching its ten years of existence, Animage brings together in two sessions the short films awarded in the categories of Best Film – Animage Grand Prix and Best Children’s Film in previous editions.

 African Screening

For the second year in a row, Animage opens a path featuring the art of animation on the African continent. The films of this special show tell stories of contemporary daily life and also rescue ancient legends from Africa.

Erotic Screening

Every year, Animage dedicates a special, only-for-larger session with movies that address libido, desire and pleasure. The Erotic Show brings together short films that stir the sensations of the audience and also offer reflections.

Brazil Screening

The Brazilian films selected each year are always gathered in a special show on Animage’s schedule. The proposal is to present them together to offer a short overview of the current national production, always growing and marked by the diversity of techniques, styles, aesthetics and ideas.

Bia Desenha Screening

The series from Pernambuco Bia Desenha shows the coexistence and adventures of childhood between cousins ​​Bia, 5, and Raul, 6, who live in houses in the same yard, on the outskirts of the metropolitan region of Recife.

Chilemonos Screening

Every year Animage invites festivals around the world to screen a special selection of films. This year’s Chilemonos Festival presents a display of Chilean animation film production, curated by Erwin Viñales.

Bruno Collet Screening

Renowned French director and screenwriter Bruno Collet brings to Recife a Stop Motion short session with a panorama of his nearly 30 years of career, including the short film Le Dos au MurCannes-winning and the miniseries – with a dark humor touch and references to classic horror films – “Rest in Peace” (RIP shorts), which reflect his unique and entertaining animation technique. This session will be attended by the director for a chat with the audience. Support from the French Consulate General for the Northeast in Recife, French Institute of Brazil and Cinematheque of the French Embassy in Brazil.

Kiana Naghshineh Screening

German director and animator Kiana Naghshineh brings her production to Recife and talks to the audience about her films, which were produced at the famous Filmakademie Baden – Württemberg, Germany. Storytelling, creating worlds and bringing characters to life are his specialties and passions. Support from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Recife. 

The Animage performs extra actions at its programming, this year once again the festival emphasizes the environment, distributing to the public native tree seeds.