The fantastic world of the animation films recently prize-awarded at the most important festivals worldwide conquers the big screen of Animest’s 14th edition. The movie selection to be screened for the first time in Romania between 4 and 13 October will exceed all expectations, offering to the public ten fantastic days, animated by mystery, adventure, unforgettable stories and intricate characters.
The full schedule of this edition, subscriptions and tickets which provide access to the events are now available online.
One of the most charming animations nominated this year for an Academy Award, Mirai (director Mamoru Hosoda), revives childhood fantasies, launching an invitation on board of the time machine. The film follows the kaleidoscopic journey of a child of only 4 years, who doesn’t seem ready to accept the birth of his sister. Him turning into what he was meant to be – the elder loving and caring brother, will remind you all that family is the centre of the Universe. From same premise starts also the adorable Missing Link, the latest feature film produced by the famous Laika Studios, whose protagonist goes around the world to find his relatives. You’ll surely fall in love with the funny characters imagined by the director and screenwriter Chris Butler, who also was nominated in 2013 at the American Academy Awards for the film ParaNorman.
“No movie has ever captured the extent of the events which have marked Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime as the animated story of Denis Do does” (Vaiety). FUNAN, the remarkable debut of the director, inspired from the history of his own family, was awarded with the Grand Prize at Annecy in 2018 and it can be seen at Animest on 12 and 13 October, in the presence of the French producer Sébastien Onomo, at “Elvire Popesco” Movie Theatre. Here you will rediscover also La Belle Époque along with the protagonist Dilili in Paris, this year grand winner of the César Award for Best Animated Feature. In the 3D story illustrated by images photographed by the director Michel Ocelot over the years, a little detective girl of Kanak tribe meets some of the most important personalities of the epoch, while investigating the mysterious kidnappings that have scared the City of Lights.
At Animest a special screening will have also the sequel Minuscule – Mandibles From Far Away, an animation film where the dialogs are replaced by the suspense. The story that captured many generations continues with a new challenge in the ladybugs’ world created by Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud. In the middle of winter preparations, the family’s youngest one gets trapped in a cardboard box destined for the sun-kissed Guadeloupe, and his old friends gather again in a rescue mission.
Premiered at Cannes, “Un Certain Regard” section, The Swallows of Kabul (Hirondelle de Kaboul) is a film inspired from the homonym novel of the Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra, about the brutality of the Taliban rule, seen through the eyes of two lovers. The story elegantly adapted in 2D watercolours marks the beginning of the successful collaboration between the filmmaker Zabou Breitman and artist Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, at her debut as director. This film screening at Animest will bring to Romania Nicolas Debray, known for movies like The Illusionist or The Secret of Kells and the one who led the team of animators. The visionary Japanese author Saku Sakamoto returns in the Animest selection with an avant-garde horror movie independently produced in Japan, for which he signed both the direction, script and animation, and the soundtrack as well. Exceptional and a must-see at “Eforie” Archive Movie Theatre, Aragne: Sign of Vermillion is a bizarre and hypnotising anime, not recommended for underage, where a young student discovers that the dream apartment she moved in is in fact the set of a genuine nightmare.
If you are among the fans of romantic comedies, the autobiographical story in Memoirs of a man in pyjamas (Memorias de un hombre en pijama) will go straight to your heart. The film directed by Carlos Fernandez de Vigo and registered in the race for this year Goya Awards transforms into reality Paco’s biggest dream, a 40-year bachelor. That is until love comes into play and messes up his plan to live in the comfort of his own home, never ever needing to take off his pyjamas. The film will have two special projections at “Elvire Popesco” Movie Theatre and Cervantes Institute, in the presence of the Spanish director, special guest of the festival along with Lorena Ares, who led the department of animation.
The 14th edition of the Bucharest International Animation Film Festival – Animest takes place between 4 October and 13 October 2019 at: “Eforie” Archive Movie Theatre, “Elvire Popesco” Movie Theatre, Cinema City, Comical Opera for Children, AWE – Adaptive Work Environment, Museum of Recent Art, Cervantes Institute, KUBE Musette and Club Control.