Waterloo Festival Announces Animated Feature Films

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Ontario’s Water­loo Fes­ti­val for Ani­mated Cin­ema has announced the first 12 films of the 12th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val, which runs from Novem­ber 15 to 18.

The lineup show­cases the increas­ingly pow­er­ful voice that fea­ture ani­ma­tion has in world cin­ema today. A unique film fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the artistry of ani­mated fea­ture films, the Water­loo Fes­ti­val show­case is one of the most com­pre­hen­sive pub­lic exhi­bi­tions for ani­mated fea­ture films in the world.

This year’s fes­ti­val reflects a strong set of pro­duc­tions from Japan and Europe,” says Joseph Chen, the festival’s cura­tor. “There is an incred­i­bly rich, diverse world of ani­mated cin­ema beyond the bor­ders of what we can see in mul­ti­plexes today. Fea­ture ani­ma­tion is an unpar­al­leled win­dow into the filmmaker’s inner vision. It’s an absolute treat to be able to show these beau­ti­fully crafted films on the big screen to a North Amer­i­can audience.”

A Let­ter to Momo
Okiura Hiroyuki (Japan, 2011)
Stu­dio: Pro­duc­tion I.G.
Future Film Plat­inum Grand Prize, Future Film Fes­ti­val, Italy, 2012
Miyaura Momo is a shy and imag­i­na­tive 13-year old girl whose life has been shat­tered by her father’s recent death and her family’s deci­sion to move from Tokyo back to her mother’s ances­tral home in a dis­tant fish­ing vil­lage. Haunted by her last moments with her father, and the final words he left her in an unfin­ished let­ter that sim­ply said, “Dear Momo…,” she retreats into a gloomy shell from which she refused to emerge, until one day three rather rude gob­lins with a
pen­chant for mis­chief take it upon them­selves to pull her out of her shell.

Anime Mirai
(Japan, 2012)
Films: Juju the Weight­less Dugong (dir. Kawa­mata Hiroshi, The Answer­stu­dio), Pre­tend­ing Not To See (dir. Miyashi-ta Shin­pei, Shi­rogumi), Li’l Spi­der Girl (dir. Kaiya Toshi­hisa, Pro­duc­tion I.G.), Buta (dir. Tomon­aga Kazuhide, Tele­com Ani­ma­tion Film)
Four delight­ful films that point to the future of anime: a col­lec­tive project from four lead­ing Japan­ese ani­ma­tion stu­dios selected by the Japan Ani­ma­tion Cre­ators Asso­ci­a­tion under the patron­age of the Agency for Cul­tural Affairs. A worka­holic father repeat­edly breaks his promise to take his 5-year-old daugh­ter to the sea until an inflat­able dugong under­takes the task instead; a sixth grade learns that bul­ly­ing other kids is as bad as let­ting it hap­pen; an anti­quar­ian meets with a scared, eight-legged spi­der girl; and a broke swordsman-for-hire accepts a job to pay the tavern’s bill, only to find him­self involved with a pirate ship, a young kid with a map, and a mad scientist.

Arru­gas (Wrin­kles)
Igna­cio Fer­reras (Spain, 2011)
Stu­dio: Perro Verde Films
Goya Award, Best Adapted Screen­play, 2012; Goya Award, Best Ani­mated Film, 2012
Based on Paco Roca’s epony­mous and multi award-winning graphic novel, Wrin­kles por­trays the friend­ship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gen­tle­men shut
away in a care home. Recent arrival Emilio, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, is helped by Miguel and col­leagues to avoid end­ing up on the feared top floor of the care home, also known as the lost causes or “assisted” floor. Their wild plan infuses their oth­er­wise tedious day-to-day with humor and ten­der­ness, because although for some their lives is com­ing to an end, for them it is just beginning.

Asura
Sato Kei­ichi (Japan, 2012)
Stu­dio: Toei Ani­ma­tion
Born into the chaos of mid-15th cen­tury Japan, when flood, drought and famine have dev­as­tated the land and the great­est civil war in Japan­ese his­tory was about to begin, an infant named Asura was aban­doned and forced to learn the means to sur­vive in the wild on his own. Grow­ing up as a wild beast, he would come to hunt men — until one day, he meets a young woman whose grace begins to con­vince him that even a lost soul such as he could seek redemption.

Az Ember Tragédiája (The Tragedy Of Man)
Mar­cell Jankovics (Hun­gary, 2012)
Stu­dio: MAFILM Pan­nó­nia Film­stúdió
Based on the 1861 mas­ter­piece by Hun­gar­ian play­wright and poet Imre Madách, The Tragedy of Man is a pow­er­ful drama in 15 acts that guide us through the his­tory and the future of mankind — from the story of Adam and Eve in the Gar­den, to the empires of old, to the rev­o­lu­tions that rocked Europe — as Lucifer and God bat­tle for Man’s soul.

Babel­dom
Paul Bush (United King­dom, 2012)
Stu­dio: Paul Bush Pro­duc­tions
Babel­dom is a city so mas­sive and grow­ing at such a speed that soon, it is said, light itself will not escape its grav­i­ta­tional pull. How can two lovers com­mu­ni­cate, one from inside the city and one out­side? This is an elegy to urban life, against the back­drop of a city of the future, a por­trait assem­bled from film shot in mod­ern cities all around the world and col­lected from the most recent research in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and architecture.

Blood-C: The Last Dark
Shiotani Naoyoshi (Japan, 2012)
Stu­dio: Pro­duc­tion I.G.
Fol­low­ing the enforce­ment of the new Youth Pro­tec­tion Act, minors are for­bid­den to cir­cu­late in the streets after 9 p.m. and the use of the Inter­net is reg­u­lated. How­ever, young peo­ple con­tinue to fight for their own free­dom through under­ground meth­ods. A group called Sir­rut has declared war on Fumito Nana­hara, a man whose great influ­ence at both polit­i­cal and eco­nomic level has vir­tu­ally made him the ruler of Tokyo.

Heart String Mar­i­onette
M Dot Strange (U.S.A./Iceland, 2012)
Stu­dio: M Dot Strange Pro­duc­tions
A solo-animated film five years in the mak­ing. A samu­rai mar­i­onette fights for love and hate against a war­lord and an evil clown who have turned the world into a never-ending cyber­punk night­mare filled with hor­ri­ble monsters.

Jensen & Jensen
Craig Frank (Den­mark, 2011)
Stu­dios: Miso Film, Orbit Stu­dio ApS, Frank Pro­duc­tions
It is the year 2019. The finan­cial cri­sis rages on, and the world has crum­bled. Unem­ploy­ment, infla­tion and crime are all soar­ing. In Copen­hagen, bik­ers have taken over the tasks of the police, every­body is in debt to their eye­balls, and the coun­try is now run by a bank. What are a cou­ple of broth­ers to do except to try their hand at bounty-hunting?

Marco Macaco
Jan Rah­bek (Den­mark, 2012)
Direc­tor Jan Rah­bek
Stu­dio: Nice Ninja
In his dreams, Marco Macaco is a cool cop solv­ing major crimes — in fact, he is just a ded­i­cated beach offi­cer on a trop­i­cal island where noth­ing seems to hap­pen. His hopes to win beau­ti­ful Lulu’s heart get shat­tered when charm­ing Carlo arrives on the island to build a gigan­tic monkey-shaped casino right on Marco‘s beach. Jeal­ous and sus­pi­cious of his rival, Marco starts an under­cover inves­ti­ga­tion and reveals the incred­i­ble truth: Carlo wants to take over the island and install him­self as pres­i­dent! When Marco tries to arrest Carlo, a prob­lem rises. Lit­er­ally, from the ground. Because Carlo’s Casino is a giant robot…

Strange Frame
G.B. Hajim (U.S.A., 2012)
Stu­dio: G.B. Hajim
It is 200 years after the Great Earth Exo­dus. On the moon Ganymede, where most of the pop­u­la­tion strug­gles against oppres­sive debt slav­ery, Parker leaves the com­forts of her pre­vi­ous life and falls in love with Naia, an inspired song­writer, who is genet­i­cally engi­neered and enslaved to be a miner. They form a band, and soon, Naia is enslaved again, this time to star­dom, via an exploita­tive tal­ent agent. Though down and out, Parker sets out on a quest to free Naia and
redeem their love.

Ôkami Kodomo No Ame to Yuki (Wolf Chil­dren)
Hosoda Mamoru (Japan, 2012)
Stu­dio: Mad­house
A young col­lege stu­dent named Hana falls in love with a man with an unspeak­able secret: he is a wolf man, and one of the last of his kind. Their love gives birth to two chil­dren — Yuki (snow), born on a day of snow; and Ame (rain), born on a day of rain; they, too, were born both human and wolf.

All screen­ings at the 12th Water­loo Fes­ti­val for Ani­mated Cin­ema runs Novem­ber 15 to 18, 2012. will be held at The Chrysalids The­atre, 137 Ontario Street North in Kitch­ener, Ontario. The the­atre is con­ve­niently located near rail and bus ser­vices, and there is plenty of park­ing nearby.

Fes­ti­val passes are avail­able online at www.wfac.ca, and by phone to Brown Paper Tick­ets at +1 (800) 838‑3006.

The Water­loo Fes­ti­val for Ani­mated Cin­ema is an inter­na­tional film fes­ti­val for ani­mated fea­ture films, founded to pro­mote appre­ci­a­tion for ani­ma­tion as a nar­ra­tive medium for mature cin­e­matic sto­ry­telling, and to review and cel­e­brate ani­mated fea­ture films in the venue they were meant to be seen in: a the­atre. The fes­ti­val is community-based, non-profit, and run by vol­un­teers for the love of the art of animation.

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