Speed Cinema Screening: 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows 12/29/18 3 pm

Selected date

Saturday December 29

Selected time

3:00 PM  –  4:40 PM

  

Various Directors

Returning to theaters across North America this fall, the 20th Animation Show of Shows features 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world. In a year when the best and worst of human nature has been on constant display, the works in this year’s show remind us of both the universality of shared ideals, and the diverse challenges we face.

“Animation is such a flexible and open-ended medium that it lends itself to exploring the innumerable aspects of what it means to be human,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “And this year’s program, as much as any of our past presentations, really illuminates human strengths and foibles, and the bonds that unite us across cultures and generations.”

Four of the fifteen films have qualified for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.  2018, France, U.S., Germany, Brazil, The Netherlands, and Argentina, DCP, 98 minutes. Recommended for 13+.

The short films include:

The Green Bird

Directed by Maximilien Bougeois, Quentin Dubois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen, and Pierre Perveyrie, 

The soundtrack alone is worth the price of admission in this mordantly funny computer animation, in which the eponymous character suffers an unfortunate series of setbacks when she finds herself a mother-to-be. 2017, France, 7 minutes.

One Small Step 

Directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas 

A young Chinese-American girl yearns to be an astronaut in this touching story about the importance of pursuing your dreams and never giving up. 2018, U.S., 8 minutes.

Grands Canons 

Directed by Alain Biet

Composed of thousands of drawings of familiar objects painstakingly created by the filmmaker, this extraordinary, compulsively watchable film is a symphonic celebration of materiality in its innumerable forms. 2018, France, 11 minutes. 

Barry 

Directed by Anchi Shen

A wry and touching moral tale of an aspiring doctor who triumphs over the prejudices of his critics through talent and tenacity. 2018, U.S., 4 minutes.

Super Girl

Directed by Nancy Kangas and Josh Kun

An exuberant and gleeful exploration of the yearnings and imaginings of one irrepressible four-year-old poet. 2017, U.S., 1 minute

Love Me, Fear Me

Directed by Veronica Solomon

This tour-de-force of claymation explores the ever-changing roles we play and the shapes we assume in our continual efforts to impress others and to be accepted. 2017, Germany, 6 minutes.

Business Meeting

Directed by Guy Charnaux

Based on a short story by Brazilian writer Rafael Sperling, this very funny short film may confirm your worst fears about business meetings. 2018, Brazil, 2 minutes.

Flower Found!

Directed by Jorn Leeuwerink

A case of mistaken identity has seriously unpleasant consequences in this unsettling arboreal tale that might be a parable of our times. 2017, The Netherlands, 7 minutes.

Bullets 

Directed by Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun

A short film based on the writing of a group of preschoolers. 2017, U.S., 1 minute.

A Table Game 

Directed by Nicolás Petelski

The film is an exercise in patience, for both the characters and the audience members of the film, who must sit through its monotonous events in order to be rewarded in the end with an unexpected outcome. 2017, Argentina, 4 minutes.

Carlotta's Face

Directed by Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld

Prosopagnosia is a rare neurological disorder in which individuals are unable to recognize faces, including their own. This poignant and beautifully stylized animation is based on the first-person account of a woman who suffers from this ailment, offering an intimate look at the difficulties she encounters in her life and, ultimately, the salvation she finds through art. 2018, Germany, 5 minutes.

Age of Sail

Directed by John Kahrs

Set on the open ocean in 1900, this hair-raising and poignant tale chronicles the adventures of an old sailor who rescues a teenaged girl after she falls overboard from a passing steamship.2018, U.S., 12 minutes.

Polaris

Directed Hikari Toriumi

This wistful and very touching film, conveyed with an almost childlike visual design, centers on about a young bear setting out on her own for the first time. 2018, U.S., 5 minutes.

My Moon

Directed by Eusong Lee 

This charming and ethereal short depicts the interplay among the moon, earth, and sun in terms of human relationships – a celestial love triangle replete with jealousy, recriminations, hurt feelings and, ultimately, forgiveness. 2017, U.S., 8 minutes.

Weekends 

Directed by Trevor Jimenez

In this beautifully designed, hand-drawn film set in 1980s Toronto, a young boy shuttles between the homes of his recently divorced parents. 2017, U.S., 15 minutes.

Don’t forget to bring your Speed Art Museum membership card to verify your membership.

 

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