“Loving Vincent” opens Anim’est 2017

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Loving Vincent, a UK-Poland co-production directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, opened the 12th edition of the Anim’est International Animation Film Festival, at Eforie Cinema in Bucharest City, on Friday.

“I know that the first idea for this film came seven years ago; its production took more than four years, requiring about 65,000 celluloids hand painted by over 125 painters from around the world,” said Mihai Mitrica, Anim’est director and selector, in presenting the film.

He said that Anim’est brings “a bunch of novelties” to this year’s edition as well.

“This year means 30 feature films, more than 250 short films … Firstly, it celebrates 60 years since the first Palme d’Or went to a Romanian film, namely the short animation by Ion-Popescu Gopo, a special event designed at a club that we have tried to contemporize with mapping and live music. Other novelties are a series of animation shorts that have earned Palme d’Or since 1955, a marathon of films that are atypical for us, namely almost an entire season of a series made by one of the members of the Anim’est jury this year, namely ?Pig Goat Banana Cricket,’ plus the latest and grates films of 2017,” said Mitrica.

Canadian Dave Cooper, one of the most respected comics creators, who is also the designer of the Anim’est 2017 edition visuals, is the special guest of the festival. He has named the poster of the edition was “Raluca Descends on Bucharest.”

The theme of Anim’est 2017 is “The Comics Edition,” celebrating one of the most significant and constant sources of inspiration for animations, namely comics.

Throughout this year’s edition of the festival, some of the most beloved animated feature films inspired by comics, titles such as ‘Persepolis,’ one of the best-known animation hits of the past decade and a Palme d’or winner in Cannes, of two Cesar wards and also nominated for an Oscar and the BAFTA Awards, “Tintin et le temple du soleil” (Tintin and the Temple of the Sun), the 1969, refurbished version; and “Chico & Rita,” nominated for an Oscar and selected the best animation film by the European Film Academy in 2011.

In the shorts event, the audience will be introduced to a short history of short animated films winners of Palme d’Or since 1955, all of which contextualising Gopo’s work. Screening alongside “Scurta Istorie’ (A Short History), which earned Gopo the Palme d’Or for best short in 1957, will be a selection that includes “Blinkhood Blank,” directed by Norman McLaren, the first short animated film to ever win the prestigious Cannes award in 1955; “Balablok,” directed by Bretislav Pojar, the Czech director whose name appears on the roasters of the most important film festivals in the world, and “La Traversee de l’Atlantique a la rames” (Rowing Across the Atlantic), directed by Jean-François Laguionie, whose feature film “Louise en hiver” (Louise in Winter) has been registered for the Anim’est competition, and 2016 winner of the award “Waves ’98,” directed by Ely Dagher, who will be attending the festival as a member of the jury of the International Feature Competition and of the Romanian Competition.

A special event of the festival will be held on October 4, at Expirat. The famous character of Ion Popescu-Gopo will become something of a master of ceremonies and also the protagonist of a visual and musical show, which will include minimal staging – spheres that turn into planets and cubes that change their shape and narrative function – used as a support for the projections that will transform space into the worlds created by Gopo. The show’s makers are Alexandru Ciubotariu, a.k.a. Pisica Patrata (the Square Cat), who will give a live drawing demonstration, along with Alexandru Petrosanu and Matei Dersidan, from Les Ateliers Nomad studio, who will take care of the video mapping. Providing live sound tracking will be Codin Oraşanu (synth), Sebastian Burneci (trumpet + synth), Radu Pop (drums + percussion) and Vlad Ilicevici (bass guitar).

The juries for the competitive sections will include Nag Vlademerski (UK), Hanna Hemila (Finland), Ely Dagher (Lebanon), for the International Feature and Romanian Competition sections; Dave Cooper (Canada), Katariina Lillqvist (Finland), Alexis Hunot (France) for the International Short Film and Student Film sections; Bogdan Serban (Romania), Luiz Stockler (UK), Razvan Raulescu (Hefe) (Romania) for the Video Music section.

The 12th edition of the Anim’est International Animation Film Festival, Romania’s only national festival devoted solely to animated films, lasts throughout October 8, with projections scheduled for the Eforie Film Library, Elvira Popescu Cinema Hall, the CINETic Centre, the Expirat Carol Halls Halele Carol and Apollo111.