FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 13

Alimation

Alexandre Dubosc France 3min

Paris-based food artist Alexandre Dubosc created a series of edible zoetropes – and made this delicious animated film.

RATING: G

Breaking Bread in the Holy Land

Garin Nalbandian Vancouver, Canada 2012 9min

Three major religions have at least one thing in common - bread. Bread has always been historically significant, particularly to the three main religions found in Jerusalem. This documentary provides a brief history, and looks at the significance of, bread in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Note: for the 6:30 pm screening on April 13, and 12:00 pm screening on April 17Breaking Bread in the Holy Land precedes: Wunderkinder

RATING: G

China Fantasia: The Light of Friendship

Joe Chang China, Canada 6min

Master animator Joe Chang’s new film is a swirl of color, music and story, blending the magic of well-known Chinese folk music with tales told in ink and wash, paper-cut and traditional Chinese realistic painting. All ages will thrill to the artistry, imagination and deep love of Chinese culture on display in this stunning new film.

RATING: G

Joe Chang is an award-winning director, animator and artist. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in China and Tama Art University in Japan and believes that rational analysis is as equally important as sensual expression. He is currently working at The School of Art, Zhejiang University of Technology as a Dean and professor of Animation department.

China Fantasia: The Moon is High in Heaven

Joe Chang China, Canada 6min

Master animator Joe Chang’s new film is a swirl of color, music and story, blending the magic of well-known Chinese folk music with tales told in ink and wash, paper-cut and traditional Chinese realistic painting. All ages will thrill to the artistry, imagination and deep love of Chinese culture on display in this stunning new film.

RATING: G

Joe Chang is an award-winning director, animator and artist. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in China and Tama Art University in Japan and believes that rational analysis is as equally important as sensual expression. He is currently working at The School of Art, Zhejiang University of Technology as a Dean and professor of Animation department.

Ernest & Célestine

Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner - France, Belgium, Luxembourg 2012 79min

ORIGINAL TITLE: Ernest et Célestine

LANGUAGE: French with English subtitles

PRECEDED BY: The Fox and the Chickadee

R2R is thrilled to present this extraordinary new film from the producers of Kirikou and the Sorceress, Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells. 

"Based on the popular children’s books by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent, this ex-quisitely crafted animated film tells the tale of an unlikely friendship that spans worlds and species, and recreates the picture books’ lush and expressive watercolour illustrations.

"Spirited, orphaned young mouse Celestine must reluctantly put aside her budding artistic inclinations to devote herself to her training as a dentist. She longs to experience something besides the humdrum work of denture fittings and teeth cleanings. Meanwhile, far above the subterranean world of the mice is the parallel world of the bears. Ernest, a reclusive and curmudgeonly musician-poet, lives in a secluded woodland cottage, only venturing out when his growling stomach forces him into town to find his next meal. It is well-known that mice and bears are never to mingle, so when the two unexpectedly cross paths and form an unlikely but inseparable friendship, it naturally incites the disapproval of their respective town elders. Will Ernest and Celestine’s unshakable bond be powerful enough to topple the long-standing barriers between their two worlds?

"The enchanting voice work of Lambert Wilson as the grumpy but affable Ernest and Pauline Brunner as the tenacious Celestine brings the characters to vivid life, and breathes a rich emotional tone into this tale that makes it sparkle with wit and charm. An epic adventure, full of friendship, gentle humour, suspense, and celebration of self-expression — and bouncing with the rhythms of a lively jazz soundtrack —Ernest & Celestine is destined to be a classic."   - Elizabeth Muskala (TIFF)

The film was selected to be screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as part of the TIFF Kids programme at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, at the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival and many moe festivals around the world. The film will be released in the United States in 2013.

Themes: peer pressure, labeling, tolerance, gender inequality, misuse of authority, friendship, creativity

Rating: G

Recommended for ages 8 to adult (French speakers 6+)

This film is offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program.

Following the Saturday, April 13, screening, you are invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cutouts will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

Ernest et Célestine

Les organisateurs du festival R2R sont heureux de présenter ce nouveau film des producteurs de Kirikou et la sorcière, Les triplettes de Belleville et Brendan et le secret de Kells.

Dans le monde conventionnel des ours, il est mal vu de se lier d’amitié avec une souris. Et pourtant, Ernest, gros ours marginal, clown et musicien, va accueillir chez lui la petite Célestine, une orpheline qui a fui le monde souterrain des rongeurs et dont le plus grand rêve est de dessiner, un jour, un ours. Ces deux marginaux solitaires vont se soutenir et se réconforter, et bousculer ainsi l’ordre établi des deux races.

Âge recommandé: à partir de 6 ans

Basé sur l’œuvre de l’écrivaine belge Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest et Célestine est le premier long-métrage du jeune réalisateur Benjamin Renner dont le film de fin d’études a reçu de nombreux prix. Ses co-réalisateurs, Stéphane Aubier et Vincent Patar, mieux connus sous le pseudo des "Pic Pic," jouissent d'une renommée publique et critique dans le monde de l'animation. Leur film à succès : "Panique au village."

Avec les voix de Lambert Wilson, Anne-Marie Loop et Pauline Brunner.

« Un ravissement de bout en bout » / Le Monde

« Un enchantement » / rue89.com

« Un joyau du cinéma d’animation français » / lejdd.fr

« En noircissant le ton de départ – les grands méchants ours mangent les souris de toute éternité –, Daniel Pennac tricote un scénario insolent, iconoclaste et inventif. Au final, en 2D sans être plat, tendre sans être mièvre, moral sans être édifiant, le conte est bon. Les bambins seront ravis et, miracle, leurs parents aussi ! »  / Isabelle Danel, Première

Thèmes clés: la pression du groupe, la stigmatisation, l'inégalité des sexes, la tolérance, l'abus de pouvoir, l'amitié, la créativité

Après la présentation du samedi 13 avril, on vous invite à participer à l’installation des Mere Phantoms dans le hall d’entrée du cinéma Vancity. Venez travailler avec des ombres chinoises en 3D, des silhouettes en papier et même l’ombre de votre propre corps! Conçu pour les jeunes de tous les âges, cette installation interactive invite le public à participer à la création d’aventures spatiales en manipulant ombre et lumière. Des découpages de papier seront suspendus dans le hall d'entrée du cinéma. Les artistes de Mere Phantoms démontreront leur technique de découpage et appuieront les participants dans la conception et la réalisation de l’installation. Ensuite, regardez la création collective évoluer au cours du week-end!

Interview with the directors (in French with English subtitles)

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Co-Directors Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier pictured above. Stéphane Aubier has produced several animated shorts with Vincent Patar, including the Pic Pic André Shoow trilogy (95–99), UFO boven Geel (99), Rupture (00) and the feature A Town Called Panic (09). Ernest & Celestine is his latest feature. Director Benjamin Renner (not pictured) previously directed the short A Mouse's Tale (08). Ernest & Celestine (12) is his first feature.

Gattu

Rajan Khosa India 2011 79min

LANGUAGE: Hindi with English Subtitles

Subtitles will be read aloud by an experienced reader on Sunday, April 14

Gattu is an orphan who works at his guardian's scrap yard in a small Indian town. Though he's small in stature, Gattu has big ambitions - namely, defeating the mysterious black kite Kali, which dominates the sky above his kite-obsessed community. Needing to reach higher ground so that his kite can go head-to-head with Kali, Gattu impersonates a student at the local school so that he can gain access to its rooftop. Yet Gattu's determination to take down Kali will lead him to make other discoveries, to find new friends, and realize that what happens in the classroom can be just as wondrous as anything happening in the skies.  

Themes: poverty, hardship, literacy, ambition, inventiveness, education

Content Advisory: threats of physical violence, instances of an adult slapping a child

Rating: G ( Violence)

Recommended for ages 7 to adult

Awards:

Audience Award and Honorable Mention Award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012
Special mention under Best Film category , Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Following the Saturday, April 13, screening, you are invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cutouts will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

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Rajan Khosa is an Indian writer-director-producer who has worked between the UK, Europe and India for the last decade. His most noted film, Dance of the Wind (1997),starring Kitu Gidwani in the lead role, won many national and International film awards, including Audience Award London Film Festival 1997 and Best Director British Asian Film Festival 1998.His latest film Gattu, won accolade at Berlinale and was named Best film at New York Indian Film Festival 2012.

Heat Wave

Thieěry Milot Canada 2012 4min

It's a dog day afternoon and Max tries to cool down with an ice pop, his desk fan and a surf movie. Suddenly, his fan stops and his ice pop box is empty. He then takes his skateboard and goes on a quest for refreshment where a few surprises await him.

RATING: G

 

Herr Hoppe and the Nuclear Waste

Jan Lachauer & Thorsten Löffler Germany 2min

Original title: Herr Hoppe und der Atommüil
A barrel of nuclear waste drops into the living room of Herr Hoppe, an average suburban man. He has to get rid of it in his own wacky way.

RATING: G

Joanna Makes a Friend

Jeremy Lutter Canada - Vancouver 2012 15min

Joanna is ostracized from kids at school. Lonely, she retreats into the books of HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Her imagination then comes to life, and Joanna builds herself a robot friend from the odds and ends in her father's garage. Instantly popular, she learns that even those you love the most can turn their backs. This gothic and stylized film explores the desire for love and acceptance many of us share.

RATING: G

Director Jeremy Lutter will be in attendance

Measuring in at a height of six feet seven inches tall, Jeremy understands the benefit of standing out in a crowd. His films have strong unique visuals, which gets them noticed. He was raised in Victoria BC Canada and studied Creative Writing at the University of Victoria.His videos have played on MuchMusic, MuchLoud, MuchMore and Bravo!. Jeremy is creative, driven, and always looking for the next challenge.

Kauwboy

Boudewijn Koole Netherlands 2012 81min

LANGUAGE: Dutch with English Subtitles

Kauwboy is a tender portrait of a boy struggling to come to terms with a family that’s not what it once was. With his country-singer mother absent, Jojo lives alone with his security guard father, a man of few words, who is quick to anger and has seemingly no affection for his 10-year-old son. Left to his own devices, Jojo finds an abandoned baby crow in the woods near their house – and finds solace in caring for this small creature, who is even more alone and vulnerable than he is.

Themes: caring for nature, father/son relationship, neglect, grief

Content Advisory: There are scenes depicting a father hitting his son.

Rating: PG (Violence)

Recommended for ages 12 to adult

Awards:
Best First Feature award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival
Selected as the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.
European Film Award Young Audience Award
European Film Discovery Award - Prix Fipresci

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