Eight Animated Features Selected to Compete at Annecy 2019
Organizers of the 2019 Annecy International Animation Film Festival have announced the feature films selected to screen in and out of competition at this year’s 43rd edition.
Eight animated features have been selected to screen in competition, with an additional eight features screening out of competition. The full list of features in competition is shown below:
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles
Salvador Simo (Spain, Netherlands)
Following the scandal after the screening of “The Golden Age” in Paris in 1930, Luis Buñuel becomes completely depressed and penniless. A winning lottery ticket will change things and enable Buñuel to make the film “Land Without Bread.”
The Bears Famous Invasion
Lorenzo Mattiotti (France, Italy)
It all starts with Tonio, the Bear King’s son, who is kidnapped by hunters in the Sicilian mountains. When the harsh winter threatens his people with famine, King Léonce decides to invade the land where the men live. With the help of his army, and a wizard, he succeeds and finally finds Tonio. But he soon discovers that bears are not meant to live in the land of men.
Marona’s Fantastic Tale
Anca Damian (Belgium, France, Romania)
Victim of an accident, a small female dog remembers her different masters that she has unconditionally loved. Due to her unfailing empathy, her life becomes a lesson about love.
Ride Your Wave
Masaaki Yuasa (Japan)
Hinako, a girl who loves surfing, moves to a seaside town. During a fire, she is saved by Minato a firefighter. This meeting bears witness to an improbable fusion between two beings from opposing elements. But, Minato drowns while out surfing alone. When everyone else is trying to get over Minato’s death, Hinako hangs onto her friend’s spirit that reappears in the form of water.
Anders Matthesen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen (Denmark)
When Alex gets a Ninja doll from his uncle Stewart after a trip to Thailand, he finds out that the doll is alive and can help him deal with problems he has at school. Alex agrees to return the favor, but soon Alex realizes that the checkered ninja is possessed and on a mission to get his revenge.
The Relative Worlds
Yuhei Sakuragi (Japan)
Shin is an ordinary high-school boy living in Tokyo. One day he meets a boy called Jin who looks exactly like him, and claims that he comes from another world. According to Jin, a parallel world exists where the evil Princess Kotoko reigns. Jin has come to Tokyo to kill her Kotoko double, who happens to be Shin’s closest friend, Kotori.
Keiichi Hara (Japan)
Akane is a young shy girl, lacking in self-confidence. The day before her birthday she goes to her Aunt’s antique shop to choose herself a present. Suddenly a very mysterious man appears from her Aunt’s basement: Hippocrates the Alchemist. He comes from another world that is threatened by a serious drought. He believes that Akane is the Goddess of the Green Wind and that she can save their world.
Kahong Wong and Ji Zhao (China)
A young woman called Blanca, who’d lost her memory was saved by a snake catcher, Xuan. But, she is far from being out of danger. They go in search of clues to her identity. Along the way they encounter one dangerous obstacle after another, and gradually develop feelings for one another. Just as they are close to working out who she really is, disaster looms.
Contrechamp – Films screening out of competition include:
Gints Zilbalodis (Latvia)
Children of the Sea
Ayumu Watanabe (Japan)
Day of the Dead
Carlos Gutiérrez (Mexico)
José Ignacio, Navarro Cox, Jorge Campusano and Santiago O’Ryan (Chile)
Haipeng Sun (China)
Sung-yoon Oh and Chun-baek Lee (South Korea)
Félix Dufour-Laperrière (Canada)
Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies and Denis Lambert (France, Luxembourg)
Annecy 2019 runs June 10-15; visit the festival website for more information on scheduling and accreditation.
Source: Annecy International Animation Film Festival
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-at-Large of Animation World Network.