Oscars – Best Animated Feature Film

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The Oscars’ Best Animated Feature Film category is filled, as usual, with efficient well scripted, but predictable, action-packed warrior and fur animals pictures: Moana (Disney), Zootopia (Disney) and Kubo and the two strings (Universal). This year, however, two foreign animated features, relying on mature subjects and treatment, compete for the Academy voters consideration.

Japanese Studio Ghibli are back in Oscar territory with Continue reading

Oscars – Best Animated Short Films

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Theodore Ushev’s NFB produced Blind Vaysha is a most than welcome UFO as a nominee in the Best Animated Short Film category of the 89th Academy Awards who’s winner will be announced this Sunday February 26th. From a story by fellow countryman, poet Georgi Gospodinov, the Montreal based director takes us to the strange world of a girl who’s vision is split in two. Vaysha’s left eye is set to the past, the right eye seeing the future, the present becoming her blind spot. Not only does it sets a highly different darker poetic tone in comparison to this year’s other nominees, but the same can be said of the techniques choose by Ushev. He used a Continue reading

Sommets du cinéma d’animation

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Every year, in time for the first snow , the city of Montreal hosts the Sommets du cinéma d’animation. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the event starts today (and is on until the 27th) at Cinémathèque Québécoise with the presentation of the animated feature Window horses by Ann Marie Fleming. The Sommets will showcase 150 shorts, from all around the world, mainly offering their usual alternative to Disney and Pixar.

With all the controversy about women filmmakers being marginalized locally and globally it is refreshing to see the work of women being highlighted (not only by the management choice for the opening) with red carpet treatment extended to Continue reading

LONG WAY NORTH (Tout en haut du monde)

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Out in Montreal this weekend and still running (we finally get to it, occupied we were with FNC 2016) is Rémi Chayé first animated feature,  a co-production between France and Denmark.

A young aristocrat woman leaves 19th Century St. Petersburg on a quest to find her grandfather who never came back from an expedition in the far North.

Simply but beautifully written with classic drawings, LONG WAY NORTH is effective because it doesn’t take the children for granted as it addresses its various  outcomes with seriousness  and a convincing dramatic build up. An engaging work it can be of interest for adult viewers accompanying their children…