Bydlo Named One of Canada’s 10 Best Short Animated Films

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Bydlo,” an ani­ma­tion directed by Patrick Bouchard for the National Film Board of Canada, was named Tues­day evening as one of Canada’s top short films of 2012.

The 12th annual Canada’s Top Ten list was announced at a Toronto gala orga­nized by the Toronto Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Group. Actors Sarah Gadon and Don McKel­lar were the hosts.

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, 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.

The film has been nom­i­nated for next year’s Annie Award for Best Ani­mated Short Sub­ject. It pre­miered June 7 at the Annecy Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Festival.

Oth­ers in this year’s list of Top 10 Cana­dian shorts are (in alpha­bet­i­cal order) Chef de meute (Herd Leader), directed by Chloé Robichaud; Crackin’ Down Hard, directed by Mike Clat­ten­burg; Kas­par, directed by Diane Obom­sawin; Ne crâne pas sois mod­este (Keep a Mod­est Head), directed by Deco Daw­son; Lingo, directed by Bahar Noorizadeh; Mal­ody, directed by Phillip Barker; Old Growth, directed by Tess Girard; Reflex­ions, directed by Mar­tin Thibaudeau; and Paparmane (Win­ter­green), directed by Joëlle Des­jardins Paquette.

A list of Canada’s Top 10 fea­ture films was announced as well.

From a hilar­i­ous sex quest to an apoc­a­lyp­tic satire, this year’s diverse list of doc­u­men­taries, come­dies, dra­mas and epics serve the country’s savvy movie­go­ers the eclec­tic cock­tail of films they have grown to count on from Canada’s Top Ten,” TIFF senior pro­gram­mer Steve Grave­stock said in a statement.

Added TIFF artis­tic direc­tor Cameron Bai­ley: “We couldn’t be more impressed by the cal­i­bre of films the indus­try has pro­duced this year,”

TIFF will screen films from both Top 10 lists at its Light­box head­quar­ters in Toronto from Jan­u­ary 4 to 13. The screen­ings will be accom­pa­nied by spe­cial intro­duc­tions and question-and-answer ses­sions with the film­mak­ers. Some of the films will come to other Cana­dian cities in the new year. Screen­ings are planned for Mon­treal, Van­cou­ver and Edmonton.

A panel made up of film­mak­ers, movie indus­try peo­ple and jour­nal­ists across Canada chose the two lists.

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