On the fictional island of Orphalese, a mischievous, eight-year-old girl, Almitra, meets Mustafa, a political prisoner under house arrest. From this chance encounter, an unlikely friendship is born. But on this fateful day that they meet, Mustafa is told by the authorities that he is finally being released and guards immediately escort him to a ship that will take him home. Along the way, Mustafa shares his wisdom and poems with the people of Orphalese, while Almitra secretly follows him. When Almitra realizes that the authorities have a dark surprise in store for Mustafa, she must do everything to help him.
Segments directed by Roger Allers, Joan C. Gratz, Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Nina Paley, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton, Mohammed Harib, Paul Brizzi, Gaetan Brizzi
Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she is outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her ordinary face. Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge her for being who she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her new found friend.
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of "How May I Help You Help Them?" is a man crippled by the mundanity of life. During a business trip to Cincinnati, where he is to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he meets Lisa, Akron baked goods sales rep who offers him an escape from his desperation. A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, this stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis.
Twelve-year-old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa. Out beyond the cliffs lies the Land of Breaths, peopled by wicked war-hungry spirits. When his big brother suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to go look for him. Full of desperation and childish innocence, he will traverse Europe at war. The love that he has for his brother will lead to an unexpected end to his journey.
The year is 1941, Napoléon V is the ruler of France and scholars continue to mysteriously disappear. In the absence of modern technology, the world runs on coal and steam. A young girl named April goes off in search of her scientist parents who have vanished. Accompanied by her talking cat Darwin and a young rogue named Julius, she will brave mysteries and danger in order to discover who is behind the captured scholars and what is their motivation.
In the form of an animated docu-drama, the biography of Adam Jacek Winker wonders through nearly half a century of history. A Polish refugee in Paris, Adam lived a boundless life, with aspirations to change the world. His adventurous life takes a radical turn in the ’80s, as he envisions himself a knight of the 20th century and leaves France to fight with both amateurism and courage, alongside commander Massoud against the Soviets in Afghanistan. On the eve of September 11th 2001, his fate mirrors the individual’s destiny in relation to the unfolding of history and the introspection of a man on his own fate.
Miss Hokusai is a lively portrayal of Master Hokusai's daughter, O-Ei, a free-spirited, outspoken and very talented woman who changes with the seasons. "We're father and daughter with two brushes and four chopsticks. I guess we can manage, one way or another."
A mysterious, disfigured gangster injures Alex, a police inspector who was on his tail. Hospital-bound, Alex strikes up a friendship with Leo, an eleven year-old boy who has the ability to rise up out of his physical body. Like a ghost that no one can see, he can fly and even pass through walls and fly above Manhattan with all the grace of a gliding bird. The man with the broken face has threatened the city with a deadly computer virus. Thanks to the child's extraordinary powers, Alex is able to resume his investigation.
Il-ho, the satellite 'KITSAT-1', is launched into space to observe Earth and becomes curious about the human heart. Kyung-chun, an aspiring musician, is heartbroken and turns into a dairy cow when his longtime love interest, Eun-jin, begins dating another man. Il-ho assumes human form when she falls from space and prevents Kyung-chun from succumbing to the perils of life. Il-ho receives the help of a wizard who has transformed into toilet paper to discover Kyung-chun is being chased by the Incinerator and the organ trafficker Mr. Oh. The two become close and Il-ho begins to slowly understand the human heart.
A young boy in modern-day Tokyo stumbles into an alternate dimension and becomes the apprentice to a bearlike warrior. A glorious film about the friendship between a boy and a mythical beast.
In the recent years Mamoru Hosoda became one of the most celebrated anime directors in Japan. Anilogue is proud to have followed his path to international recognition since one of his early movies, The Girl Who Lept Through Time. This is the fourth feature length animation by Hosoda to premiere on Anilogue.
Poe's spirit, embodied in his infamous Crow, meets Death while visiting his beloved wife Virginia Clemm's grave. Death says the time has come to collect the poet's soul but Poe needs to linger a little longer in the land of the living. He engages with Death in a creepy, macabre storytelling game.
This modern stop-motion adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale The Little Mermaid is a powerful story of unrequited love and moral values of today. The screenplay writers transposed the plot from the deep, dark waters of the sea to a not-so-fairy-tale-like setting of a bustling city harbor. Instead of a “prince charming”, the modern mermaid by the name of Little, falls for a street smart night- club owner, whose club entrance is adorned by blinking heart-shaped neon signs and where love can be bought.
Deep underneath the surface of the sea, accompanied by the fish orchestra, the voice of the ocean is telling a story about the Sea King and his daughter Little. With his mother and three daughters – Little, Middle and Eldest – he abandoned the devastated waters of their home, and went to live amongst the humans. In a darkened fish shop in the heart of a harbor district teeming with people from every corner of the world, they live a monotonous life filled with work, reminiscing the times bygone. One day, a confident and somewhat brash young man – J.J./Bogan enters the fish shop. Little is utterly fascinated by his self-assured demeanor, the glossy veneer and the pounding music that follows him. From this moment forward, the life of Little and her family is to take a sea change. Thus begins the love story of Little.
Trini is the most famous flamenco dancer in the world and she has an envious life. Her husband Gregorio is the greatest bullfighter in all
the land and their son Damien has a wonderful future. Everyone loves her dancing, but when a seemingly innocuous domestic accident takes
Gregorio’s life, a deep depression falls over Trini forcing her to quit the stage. Damien’s behaviour becomes uncontrollably rebellious forcing Trini to call upon doctor after doctor to provide relief. When no answers can be found, there is left only one possible explanation -
Damien has been possessed by a dark spirit!!
Trini begins a desperate quest to repair her shattered family. This search eventually leads to a defrocked priest called Father Lenin whose own severe spiritual crisis may not bode well for what lays ahead. With no where to turn and all other hopes to save her shattered family exhausted, Trini must place her faith in a man whose faith is… questionable
The Countess of Cachtice, Elisabeth Báthory had been a popular and just ruler until she lost her heart. Then she changed into a cold and cruel woman. Inspired by the legend of the abominable habits of the countess, Viktor Kubal created one of the fundamental works of Slovak animation. On the background of the romantic love story with both tragic and comical features, there is the eternal conflict between good and evil. The combination of horror elements with Kubal's inborn sense of parody, resulted in a peculiar synthesis of two genres, which, wrapped in minimalistic animation, turned the film into an unforgettable experience.
In late 1920s Latvia, Anna, a young woman falls in love with an adventurous entrepreneur, 30 years her senior. In his jealousy he hides Anna away in the forest, far from other men, where she bears him eight children. The Great Depression hits, followed by Nazi and Soviet invasions. Anna remains a pillar of strength, defying the hardships and raising her young. But something inside her is terribly wrong. Years later, Signe, a young artist tries to uncover how her grandmother Anna died, and suspects suicide. Signe takes us on a journey deep into her own depression where she looks to confront the family demons.
An office located in the Californian desert. The self-imposed objective is no less far out: narrative landscaping. Its abbreviation is “O.N.L.S.D”, which includes what is pretty obvious, being on LSD.
But Eden´s Edge is a nine-part episodic film from the Office for Narrative Landscape Design initially marked by exceptional directorial sobriety. The visual settings for the life-stories it presents are based on a shared and stringently maintained master-plan. We see bird eye-views of minimalistic scenes, meticulously arranged in gray desert sands, usually furnished with but a few props. Within this context, seemingly lost and barely insect-size inhabitants move about, recluses, mavericks and freaks in the best sense of the word. They all have retreated to the desert, to reinvent their lives on the margins of an increasingly unbearable society: the schizo-schaman who has constructed a totem circle out of stones; a female artist who fled the city and created a repository for the traumas of combat veterans; the paranoid druggee who inscribes a giant spiral along classical lines of land art.
As they ploddingly drag themselves through the sunstruck backdrop, we hear their voices persistently tell of their fates – in sum, a densely woven patchwork of unconventional modes of existence. In the last episode, a French anthropologist reports how his Austrian friends inspired him to erect the O.N.L.S.D with them, here at the site of a “lost airport”. The resulting “storyscape test site” contains structural elements of the other stories. And so the frontier dream, in convoluted self-reference, begins to dream itself. Rarely have the borders of the idyllic been so concisely fathomed, rarely have the places of retreat remaining for non-conformists been pinpointed so precisely. (Christian Höller)
Join us for a coffee and some snacks, meet the festival's visiting filmmakers, enter the informal dialogue between animation professionals.
The juries of Anilogue 2015 will annouce their decision on Saturday evening. Two main awards will be handed out: the Best Animated Short and the Best Animated Feature of 2015. Besides, every jury member will be asked to pick a competition film for a Special Award. The Audience Choice award will be based on the votes of the festival audience.
All the awarded short films are compiled to a single show to be presented after the award ceremony.