Tatsumi” honored in Sitges as Best Animated Film

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Tat­sumi,” by Eric Khoo, was named Best Ani­mated Film at the 44th annual Sit­ges Inter­na­tional Fan­tas­tic Film Fes­ti­val in Spain on Saturday.

The 98-minute film is a co-production of stu­dios in Sin­ga­pore and Indone­sia. Khoo bor­rowed manga artist Yoshi­hiro Tatsumi’s auto­bi­og­ra­phy, A Drift­ing Life, and five short sto­ries to take the big leap from car­toon to the big screen.

Tat­sumi tells about a pho­tog­ra­pher wan­ders around a rav­aged Hiroshima, a worker who has a mon­key for a friend, a pen­sioner who decides to spend his final days among women, a girl pre­pared to break all bonds with men, and a comic book artist about to get fired.

Léo Verrier’s eight-minute Dripped was named Best Ani­mated Short Film. Made in France, Dripped has no dia­logue. Ded­i­cated to Amer­i­can painter Jack­son Pol­lock, it’s a beau­ti­ful, ref­er­en­tial game on the sub­ject of the recy­cling of pic­to­r­ial styles that illus­trates, lit­er­ally, the nutri­tional power of art.

Anima’t pre­sented its Ger­tie Award to ani­ma­tors Jordi Ojeda, Car­les San­ta­maria and Pil Sung-Yim.

The Nova Auto­ria Bunuel Insti­tute of Fun­da­cio Autor gave Desde el averno a Spe­cial Men­tion for inter­est­ing ani­ma­tion work. Co-produced by Escola d’Animació de Catalunya and 9 Zeros, the four-minute film was made by Raúl Gar­cía, Núria Argemí, Mar­i­ona Con­sue­gra, Saúl Darú, Maria Mor­eira, Clara Val­lvé and Bernat Vilaseca. It shows how a new soul arriv­ing in hell to suf­fer for all eter­nity is unex­pect­edly offered a chance to escape.

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