Surviving Life” honored at 15th Fantasia Festival

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Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)

Sur­viv­ing Life (The­ory and Practice)

The Ani­ma­tion Jury at the 15th Fan­ta­sia Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val named Czech leg­end Jan Svankmajer’s psy­cho­an­a­lytic com­edy “Sur­viv­ing Life (The­ory and Prac­tice)” Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film Sun­day in Montreal.

The jury, made up of pres­i­dent Mar­cel Jean with Jean-François Lévesque and Heidi Taille­fer, praised Sur­viv­ing Life as “a sin­gu­lar piece of work, both funny and pro­found, that shows a great spirit of inven­tion for a film­maker with a 40-years career.”

The film was one of 27 to receive its Que­bec pre­miere at Fantasia.

Bobby Yeah, a 23-minute hor­ror com­edy by Britain’s Robert Mor­gan, was named Best Ani­mated Short Film “for its dense and coher­ent uni­verse, full of sur­prises, that con­fronts our fears in a cap­ti­vat­ing way, and for its excep­tional tech­ni­cal com­mand.” It also won Bronze in the Audi­ence Awards for Best Short Film.

Jurors gave Spe­cial Men­tion to Cre­pus­cule — an erotic sci-fi fan­tasy by Quebec’s Eric Falardeau — “for its bold address of sex­u­al­ity in animation.”

In the Audi­ence Awards, Red­line, a Japan­ese sci-fi fan­tasy by Takeshi Koike, received Gold for Best Ani­ma­tion Fea­ture. Sil­ver went to Leg­end of the Mil­len­nium Dragon, an action adven­ture by Hirot­sugu Kawasaki of Japan. El Sol, a sci-fi com­edy by Argentina’s Ayar Blasco, received Bronze.

Although the final num­bers are yet to be con­firmed, the three-week fest wel­comed more than 100,000 audi­ence members.

About 150 inter­na­tional direc­tors, actors and pro­duc­ers came to present their films, while 50 indus­try mem­bers con­tributed to this year’s edi­tion. Sev­eral titles launched at the fes­ti­val are cur­rently in nego­ti­a­tions for acquisition.

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