Selected feature films

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.

Gartxot

Spain, 2011, 85 min.

Director: Asisko Urmeneta, Juanjo Elordi

Screenwriter: Arturo Campion

Composer: Benito Lertxundi

Production: Somuga

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.

Wrinkles

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.

Zarafa

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.

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