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Cult studios and a plethora of genres at Anima 2018

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- The Anima Festival will be held from 9-18 February in Brussels, and will feature the new films by Aardman Animations and Michel Ocelot

Cult studios and a plethora of genres at Anima 2018
Early Man by Nick Park

The Anima Festival, dedicated to animated film in all its guises, will kick off on 9 February in Brussels, and will present the new movie by Nick Park (and the legendary Aardman Animations), Early Man [+see also:
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, as well as the recent medium-length film by France’s Michel Ocelot, Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess – two sparkling jewels in the crown of European youngster-orientated animated film.

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Anima is a monument to the richness of animated film aimed not only at young audiences, but also adults. For instance, the line-up includes A Man is Dead [+see also:
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 by Olivier Cossu (France), an exceptional project that aims to rekindle the memory of filmmaker René Vautier and, above all, that of his long-lost work of the same name. Audiences will also be able to discover Tehran Taboo [+see also:
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by Ali Soozandeh (Germany/Austria), which paints several moving portraits of a prostitute and her young son, a musician, a young wife and a couple of teenagers, and which simultaneously denounces the hypocrisy of Iranian society.

The opening film is The Breadwinner [+see also:
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, the latest outing by Irish studio Cartoon Saloon, which tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who must dress up as a boy to save her family, who live in a Kabul laid waste by the Taliban. The film was helmed by Nora Twomey, who previously co-directed The Secret of Kells [+see also:
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Anima will also give pride of place to Belgian animation, including through a focus on the works of Picha (Shame of the Jungle, The Missing Link), the premiere of Des cowboys et des indiens, Fabrice du Welz’s documentary devoted to cult duo Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier, the brains behind A Town Called Panic [+see also:
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and Ernest and Célestine [+see also:
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, and a screening of the Flemish kids’ film ZOOks by Dimitri and Kristoff Leue.

Lastly of note is the Spotlight on Estonia section, in addition to the tribute to animator of Hungarian descent Peter Földes, not to mention the jam-packed Futuranima professional conferences, which will offer a master class with the director of The Red Turtle [+see also:
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, Michael Dudok de Wit, among other events.

(Translated from French)

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