Cat in Paris, Gruffalo’s Child premiere in Florida

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Une Vie de Chat

Une Vie de Chat

The Oscar-nominated French ani­mated fea­ture “A Cat in Paris” and the British fea­turette “The Gruffalo’s Child” will both have their south­east­ern United States pre­mieres at the Florida Film Fes­ti­val, to be held from April 13 to 22.

Both films can be seen at 4 p.m. Sat­ur­day, April 14 at the Gar­den The­atre and at 12 noon Sun­day, April 15 at Regal Win­ter Park Vil­lage A.

The pre­mier show­case in Cen­tral Florida for Amer­i­can inde­pen­dent and inter­na­tional film, the 2012 Florida Film Fes­ti­val will have 168 films rep­re­sent­ing 31 coun­tries. In a record-breaking year, the fes­ti­val received more entries (1700+), and is offer­ing more films and world pre­mieres (28) than ever before.

Directed by Jean-Loup Feli­ci­oli and Alain Gag­nol, the 65-minute Une Vie De Chat (A Cat in Paris) is pre­sented in French with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. Folim­age, the dis­tin­guished ani­ma­tion stu­dio behind Mia Et Le Migou (Mia and the Magoo), now brings us this bril­liantly hand-drawn adven­ture set in the shadow-drenched alley­ways of France’s City of Lights.

Dino is a cat that leads a dou­ble life. Dur­ing the day he lives a com­fort­able pet exis­tence with his owner Zoé, a lit­tle girl who refuses to talk, and her mother Jeanne, a police detec­tive. At night he assists Nico, an agile yet hon­or­able bur­glar, in high-end rob­beries. One night, Zoé decides to fol­low Dino on his escapades, and the trou­bles begin.

Nom­i­nated for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture at this year’s Acad­emy Awards, Euro­pean Film Awards, and Cesar (French Oscars) Awards, this thor­oughly charm­ing gem is a true delight and clever homage to clas­sic film noir. Chil­dren and par­ents alike will enjoy the unique visual style, the acro­batic chases from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris sky­line, and the amaz­ing Bil­lie Hol­i­day and Django Rein­hardt sound­track. What an experience!

It’s pre­ceded by the 27-minute The Gruffalo’s Child, directed by Johannes Wei­land and Uwe Hei­d­schot­ter. This equally endear­ing com­pan­ion film to the 2010 Oscar nom­i­nee for Best Ani­mated Short, 2009’s The Gruffalo, fea­tures the same all-star cast of voices, includ­ing Helena Bon­ham Carter, John Hurt, Tom Wilkin­son and Rob­bie Coltrane. An eager young Gruffalo (voiced by Shirley Hen­der­son) ignores her father’s warn­ings and embarks on a late-night adven­ture in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox, but no sign of the fabled Mouse.… Does he really exist?

Show­ing in com­pe­ti­tion, Shorts Pro­gram 5: Ani­mated Shorts – with a total run­ning time of 89 min­utes — will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Wednes­day, April 18 and 9:30 p.m. Sat­ur­day, April 21 at Enz­ian. Here’s a rundown:

Fresh Gua­camole (dir. PES; U.S.A., 2012, 1.5 min.)
World Pre­miere
New York stop-motion leg­end PES (Roof Sex, West­ern Spaghetti, The Deep) is back with this lat­est take on the culi­nary arts. Pass the chips!

The Fly­ing House
(dirs. Win­sor McCay, Bill Plymp­ton; U.S.A., 1921/2012, 8.5 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
Restored, remas­tered, and now fea­tur­ing the voice tal­ents of Patri­cia Clark­son and Matthew Modine, Win­sor McCay’s timely and top­i­cal clas­sic short film from 1921 has been lov­ingly brought back to life for a whole new gen­er­a­tion by Florida Film Fes­ti­val favorite Bill Plympton.

(notes on) biol­ogy
(dir. Ornana; U.S.A., 2011, 6 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
An ani­mated account of an organ­ism adapt­ing to its envi­ron­ment. Noth­ing fights bore­dom like a super­hero elephant!

(dir. Kang­min Kim; U.S.A./South Korea, 2011, 8 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
A film about the rela­tion­ship between a son, a father and a birth­mark. Induced by the intense heat of an old Korean bath­house, a man falls into a dream and relives an impor­tant memory.

Another Dress, Another But­ton
(dir. Lyn Elliot; U.S.A., 2011, 3 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
Ever won­der what hap­pens to all those spare but­tons that come with new clothes?

Miss Devine
(dirs. Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch; U.S.A., 2010, 3.5 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
In this Sto­ryCorps ani­mated doc­u­men­tary, cousins recall their Sun­day school teacher and neigh­bor from their child­hood grow­ing up in Braden­ton, Florida.

(dir. Jonah D. Ansell; U.S.A., 2011, 8 min.)
Fea­tur­ing the voice tal­ents of Christo­pher Lloyd and Kathy Bates, and “inspired by the wit of Shel Sil­ver­stein and wis­dom of William Shake­speare,” this bit­ter­sweet love story in verse fea­tures a dead old man who wants to say a last good­bye to his wife.

Flow­ers for Jupiter
(dir. Chris Mars; U.S.A., 2011, 6 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
Blend­ing mul­ti­ple ani­ma­tion styles and live action, renowned visual artist and for­mer Replace­ments drum­mer Chris Mars brings his sur­real vision to life in this beau­ti­fully creepy and macabre tale of a young girl who has lost a fin­ger in an acci­dent she can barely remember.

Sum­mer Bum­mer
(dir. Bill Plymp­ton; U.S.A., 2011, 2 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
A man with a case of shark para­noia hes­i­tates before div­ing into a pool. Clas­sic Bill!

Dr. Break­fast
(dir. Stephen Neary; U.S.A., 2011, 7 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
A sur­real med­i­ta­tion on the quirky but reju­ve­nat­ing nature of friend­ship. When a man’s soul bursts out of his eye­ball and roams the earth on a destruc­tive path, two wild deer care for his cata­tonic body.

Tales of Mere Exis­tence: “Ran­dom Obser­va­tions About Sex&Sick of This
(dir. Lev Yil­maz; U.S.A., 2011, 6 min.)
World Pre­miere
Past Florida Film Fes­ti­val mul­ti­ple Audi­ence Award-winner Lev from San Fran­cisco returns with two more one-of-a-kind com­men­taries on sex, rela­tion­ships, and the state of things: “Ran­dom Obser­va­tions About Sex” and “Sick of This.”

Floyd the Android – “Dim Bulb
(dir. Jonathan Lyons; U.S.A., 2011, 2 min.)
An enter­pris­ing robot must change a light bulb in a dis­play at the top of an extremely tall skyscraper.

Red­dish Brown, Blueish Green
(dir. Saman­tha Gurry; U.S.A., 2011, 3 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
Inspired by a baby book found on the street in Philadel­phia, this unique work uses found objects as a cat­a­lyst to explore a family’s destruc­tive jour­ney through childhood.

Bed­time for Timmy
(dirs. Thomas Nicol, Becky Griesheimer; U.S.A., 2010, 3 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
It’s not easy to get to sleep when you’re con­vinced there’s a mon­ster in the room.

It’s Such a Beau­ti­ful Day
(dir. Don Hertzfeldt; U.S.A., 2012, 23 min.)
Bill finds him­self in a hos­pi­tal strug­gling with mem­ory prob­lems in this stun­ningly adven­tur­ous con­clu­sion to the two-time Best Ani­mated Short Grand Jury Award-winning tril­ogy by Enzian/Florida Film Fes­ti­val vet­eran Don Hertzfeldt (Every­thing Will Be OK and I Am So Proud of You).

With a total run­ning time of 91 min­utes, Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Shorts will be seen at 5:45 Sat­ur­day, April 21 at Regal Win­ter Park Vil­lage B and 1 p.m. Sun­day, April 22 at Enz­ian. This is what’s on tap:

Things You’d Bet­ter Not Mix Up
(dir. Joost Lieuwma; Nether­lands, 2010, 2 min.)
North Amer­i­can Pre­miere
Some­times you just have to point out the obvi­ous. Charm­ing beyond all mea­sure, this light-hearted romp offers one chuckle after another.

The Last Nor­we­gian Troll
(dir. Pjotr Sape­gin; Nor­way, 2010, 13 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
Hum­ble is the Nor­we­gian land­scape in this whim­si­cal tale of a once-young troll who wakes up old and alone in the mod­ern world. Fea­tur­ing the voice of Max von Sydow.

(dir. Richard Mans; New Zealand, 2011, 5 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
The world was once a bleak and des­o­late place. When a band of imag­i­na­tive sci-fi crea­tures arrives, they bear the secret of life and all its beauty.

(dir. Juan Pablo Zaramella; Argentina, 2011, 6.5 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
A com­mon man has a secret plan to escape the clock­work of his life. When his beau­ti­ful and equally inven­tive co-worker dis­cov­ers his ploy, she shows him it takes two to tango.

(dir. Blanca Esteve; Spain, 2011, 1.5 min.)
In Span­ish with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles
South­east Pre­miere
Mor­ph­ing black and white imagery com­ple­ments this poem about a spe­cial kind of woman.

A Morn­ing Stroll
(dir. Grant Orchard; United King­dom, 2011, 7 min.)
This nifty lit­tle chicken never misses his morn­ing stroll. Win­ner of the Sun­dance 2012 Jury Prize in Ani­mated Short Film and nom­i­nated for the 2011 Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Short Film.

Bride Can
(dir. Ronak Taher; Australia/Iran, 2011, 7 min.)
East Coast Premiere/Second U.S. Screen­ing
Blunt and art­ful crit­i­cisms on gen­der oppres­sion and the objec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women in Iran­ian soci­ety are the sub­jects of this sur­real, Python-esque ani­mated work.

The Maker
(dir. Christo­pher Keze­los; Aus­tralia, 2011, 5 min.)
Florida Pre­miere
Rec­og­niz­ing your pur­pose in life can make for a lone­some real­ity. The pup­pet and the puppet-maker rely heav­ily on one another in this harsh, roman­tic tale.

The Holy Chicken of Life and Music
(dir. Nomint; Greece, 2011, 3 min.)
South­east Pre­miere
There is no rea­son. There is only the chicken.

(dir. Tor Fruer­gaard; Den­mark, 2011, 8 min.)
In Dan­ish with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles
South­east Pre­miere
A clay­ma­tion cou­ple attempts to reignite their sex life by vis­it­ing an illicit swingers lounge. Adul­tery has never looked so adorable.

Prita Noire [Black Doll]
(dir. Sofia Car­rillo; Mex­ico, 2011, 8 min.)
In Span­ish with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles
Florida Pre­miere
Prita’s curios­ity pushes her to break the bound­aries of her strange and con­fined existence.

Robots of Brix­ton
(dir. Kibwe Tavares; United King­dom, 2011, 5.5 min.)
East Coast Premiere/Second U.S. Screen­ing
Sit­ting on the brink of a social col­lapse, the youth of this futur­is­tic city are thrust into chaos when police forces invade, and the strained inner-city pop­u­lace erupts into vio­lence echo­ing that of 1981.

The Goat and the Well
(dir. Ben Cady; United King­dom, 2010, 5 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
A deter­mined lit­tle goat wreaks havoc on a grouchy old lady fetch­ing water and milk.

The Gloam­ing
(dir. Nobrain; France, 2010, 14 min.)
East Coast Pre­miere
A man who wakes up stranded in a desert plain stum­bles across an odd pud­dle. From the moment he molds it into his world, he’s lost con­trol of its fate… and his.

Also at the FFF, Acad­emy Award-winning direc­tor, screen­writer and pro­ducer Barry Levin­son will present Lib­erty Heights and engage the audi­ence in a live Q&A. Food­ies will unite for a one-of-a-kind dis­cus­sion on books, blogs, TV and film pro­vided by culi­nary super­stars Mar­cel Vigneron (Syfy Network’s Marcel’s Quan­tum Kitchen, Bravo’s Top Chef), Chad J. Galiano, Gui Ali­nat, Jeff Pot­ter and Martha Hall Foose.

The com­plete sched­ule of films and events is offi­cially launched and avail­able online at Ticket prices start at $10.

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