Crulic: The Path to Beyond
Romania/Poland, 2011, 73 min.
Directed by Anca Damian
Script by Anca Damian
Production: Aparte Film, Magellan Foundation
Crulic: The Path to Beyond is a 2011 Romanian-Polish animated biographical film, directed by Anca Damian and starring Vlad Ivanov. It tells the story of Claudiu Crulic, a Romanian citizen who died in a Polish prison while on a hunger strike. The film was made with a mix of techniques including hand-drawn animation and animated photographs.
The film won the Cristal for Best Feature Film at the 2012 Annecy International Animated Film Festival and is the only animated film ever nominated for the European Parliament LUX Prize.
FIMFARUM: THREE TIMES LUCKY
Czech Republic/2011/ 75 min.
Directed by Kristina Dufkova, Vlasta Posp?silova, David Sukup
Starring Jan Werich.
Story: Jan Werich
Screenplay: Ji?? Kub??ek, Martin Vandas
Music: Karel Holas, Vladim?r Merta, Jaroslav Uhl??, Zdenek Sverak
Production: MAUR film
The fairy tales of Jan Werich and the wonderful traditions of the Czech puppet animation come to life in this magical film. It includes three of Werich’s fairy tales, each directed by a different artist. In the first story a news crew sets out to the Sumava mountains in Southern Bohemia to find out whether Ogres ever lived there. The second tale The Hat and the Little Jay Feather is about a king who sends his three sons to bring back a hat he lost in his youth. The third and longest fairy tale Reason and Luck is about the two virtues of the title, trying to prove their importance.
Spain, 2011, 85 min.
Director: Asisko Urmeneta, Juanjo Elordi
Screenwriter: Arturo Campion
Composer: Benito Lertxundi
Gartxot is a Twelfth Century minstrel from the Pyrenees who is sent into exile by the new Abbot of Roncevallis. This Abbot's goals are to capture Gartxot's only son, Mikelot, and forcefully convert him into a singing monk. After being captured and tortured, the child manages to escape and sings once again beside his father having him promise to never allow them to lock him up in the monastery again. Their songs become a symbol of the struggle against oppression. Time and time again with the help of folk, they manage to shake the authorities off. In the end, as authorities manage to surround them, Gartxot remembers his promise to his only son leading to a tragedy that to this day is remembered.
Ronal the Barbarian
Denmark, 2011, 89 minutes
Directors: Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjorn Christoffersen, Philip Einstein-Lipski
Screenwriter: Thorbjorn Christoffersen
Composer: Nicklas Schmidt
Producer: Einstein Film
Ronal is a young barbarian with low self-esteem, the polar opposite of all the muscular barbarians in his village. He's a real wuss. However, as fate would have it, responsibility for the tribe's survival falls on Ronal's scrawny shoulders, when the evil Lord Volcazar raids the village and abducts every living barbarian. With the exception of Ronal, who is forced to go on a perilous quest to save his enslaved clan and thwart Volcazar's plot to rule the world. Along the way, our unlikely hero is joined by Alibert the buttery bard, Zandra the gorgeous shield-maiden and Elric the metrosexual elfin guide. To ultimately vanquish the enemy, the band must overcome awesome challenges.
The Tragedy of Man
Hungary, 2011, 160 Min
Director: Marcell Jankovics
Script: Marcell Jankovics
Music: L?szl? S?ry
The film is based on the philosophical drama written by Imre Mad?ch, one of the prominent Hungarian poets and writers of the 19th century. This masterpiece of the Hungarian classic literature has been recreated through the idiom of animation by the Oscar-nominated and Cannes-awarded Hungarian visual artist and animator Marcell Jankovics. “The Tragedy of Man” presents the history of human sin and civilisation in religiously epic proportions. The battle of good and evil starts from Adam and Eve and moves to Egypt and Greece, proceeds into the Christianity, Renaissannce, Enlightenment, to culminate with Hitler and Stalin.
Original title: Arrugas
Spain, 2011, 80 min
Director: Ignacio Ferreras
Screenwriter: ?ngel de la Cruz, Paco Roca, Ignacio Ferreras, Rosanna Cecchini
Original Comic: Paco Roca
Composer: Nani Garc?a
Producers: Perro Verde Films / Cromosoma
Wrinkles, based on the graphic novel by the well-known Spanish artist Paco Roca, 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, is helped by Miguel and his friends 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 daily routine with humour and tenderness. Although it may seem that their life is coming to an end, for them it is just beginning. Wrinkles is a 2D animated feature-length film for an adult audience.
Direction : R?mi Bezan?on and Jean-Christophe Lie
Script: Alexander Abela and R?mi Bezan?on
Original soundtrack: Laurent Perez del Mar
Produced by: Prima Linea Productions / Path? / France 3 Cin?ma / Chaocorp / Scope Pictures
Duration: 78 min.
Inspired by the true story of the giraffe given by the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France in 1827, the film tells the story of the beautiful friendship between Maki, a young boy escaping from slave traders and Zarafa, the enslaved giraffe and of their amazing trip from Africa to Paris.