FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 16

Alfie, the Little Werewolf

Joram Lürsen Netherlands 2012 98min

ORIGINAL TITLE: Dolfje Weerwolfje

LANGUAGE: Dutch with English subtitles

PRECEDED BY: Kali le petit Vampire

When the full moon rises on the night of his seventh birthday, strange things begin to happen to shy little Alfie: he suddenly grows sharp claws and white fuzzy hair, and begins to howl at the moon. Alfie soon realizes he is no longer a regular kid — he has turned into a werewolf! Only his brother Timmie knows, but with Alfie attacking his neighbour’s chickens and biting a bully in the leg, it won’t be long until his secret is revealed. Alfie just wants to be an ordinary boy again, but with the help of his loving family and a mysterious, hairy stranger, he may learn that what makes each person different is also what makes them special. The film is based on a series of popular children's books by Dutch author Paul Van Loon.

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Themes: celebrating differences, recognizing talents, growing up, feeling alone, bullying

Content Advisory: minimal comedic violence, unseen animal death (eaten), biting

Rating: PG ( Violence)

Recommended for ages 8 to adult

Awards:
Awarded European Children’s Film Award at the 17th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience in Schlingel, Germany

Following the film,  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.

This workshop is offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program, in French or English.

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Joram Lürsen studied film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. His graduation film De Finales (1990) won multiple awards including a Mention DE Qualite at the Césars ( the French Oscars). His credits as a director include several TV series and films including Alles Is Liefde.

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.

Feral

Daniel Sousa USA 13min

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization.

RATING: PG (Violence)

Kali le Petit Vampire

Regina Pessoa Canada 9min

Little Kali, a vampire who lives in the shadows and inspires fear, feels the pain of being different. One day he breaks out of his isolation to try to make friends with boys his age playing beside the train tracks.

Rating: G

Kasper

Diane Obomsawin Canada 9min

This animated short by Diane Obomsawin tells the story of Kaspar, a young man who discovers life - and light - after spending his entire life in a dark cave with only a small wooden horse as company. Based on the story of Kaspar Hauser, the famous 19th century orphan who has inspired countless artists.

RATING: PG (Violence)

Mere Phantoms Interactive Shadow Workshop

45min

TALENT LAB WORKSHOP

In this 45-minute workshop participants will work with paper and light to explore how three-dimensional objects become two-dimensional shadows. Each participant will create a three-dimensional paper cut-out modeled after the techniques employed by Mere Phantoms in their interactive shadow installations.

In the first segment of the workshop, 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. The pieces made by the group will be combined with previously made examples to create a small-scale paper-based installation.  In the second segment of the workshop participants will use Mere Phantoms hand-held light wands to explore how their pieces translate in light and shadow.

The workshop will be hands-on and experiential, and will play on scale, light and shadow, and the creative use of negative and positive space.

Recommended for Grades 2-12

This workshop is offered in French or English and is available by pre-registration with a film booking only. Space is limited.
Please contact education@r2rfestival.org or call 604-224-6162

 

Swift

Kristen Campbell Canada 5min

A young girl and a red fox follow each other in nature through the seasons. Everything in their environment is seen as potential sustenance. A striking animation, Swift is a playful story about the organic cycles of life and the mental associations that the survival instinct can trigger.

RATING: G

2012 Winner  - TIFF Student Film Showcase - Best Animated Film

Swift, was produced as a graduating project at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.

 

The Fox and the Chickadee

Evan De Rushie Canada 9min

This charming stop-motion animated fable tells the story of how a starving fox and a cunning chickadee, who find themselves trapped in a standoff.  The chickadee turns the tables on the fox by proposing a plan that would provide enough food for the winter. But there's a catch: the two will need to work together in order to feast.

Rating: G

Preceds: Ernest & Célestine

The Girl and the Fox

Tyler J. Kupferer USA 6min

A young girl must track a mysterious fox through a foreboding wilderness.

RATING: G (Violence)

The Old Woman in the Woods

Caroline Coutts Vancouver, Canada 26min

A Gothic fairy tale combining live action and stop motion puppet animation to tell the story of two little girls who disobey their mother for a glimpse into a magical other world and end up paying dearly for their caprice. The screenplay, adapted from the classic fairy tale "The New Mother," by Lucy Lane Clifford, is set in England in 1882.
In the film, Hanna and Mary meet an old woman with an ornate wooden box, inside which exists a magical fairytale land. The girls beg to see inside the box, but are told they are not grown-up enough. But they can prove they are grown-up by doing what they want, not what their mother tells them.
As the girls are manipulated into greater and greater demonstrations of wickedness, their mother is forced to abandon them. The new mother who replaces her is a terror to behold…

RATING: G ( May frighten young children)

Director Caroline Coutts will be in attendance.

Caroline Coutts was born in Wick, Scotland and moved to Canada with her family when she was three years old. She is a graduate of the Directors' Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto and has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Caroline's work as a filmmaker references fables, fairy tales and myths. Her films take place long ago, or in fantasy worlds, and evidence a distinct visual style. In storytelling, Caroline strives for a subversive (sometimes comic) approach that combines with a female sensibility to give a new spin to age-old tales.