Saturday 30 | 14H30 | Cinema São Jorge | Sala Manoel de Oliveira
CAPTAIN MORTEN AND THE SPIDER QUEEN
Estonia, Ireland, Belgium, United Kingdom | 2018 | 80’
All at sea in a shoe.
A young boy learns to take control over his life when he is shrunk to the size of an insect and has to sail his own toy boat through a flooded café. Morten has to be shrunk down before he can grow up.
Morten builds a toy boat from a shoe, which he crews with insects. This is his escape from the unhappy world of the harbour café where he lives with his aunt Anna.
When he is shrunk in a botched magic trick he finds himself sailing his own boat across the flooded café. The insect crew look uncannily like his aunt and the people she orders around. Morten has to reassess his relationships, save the crew from shipwreck and take control of his life.
Director: Kaspar Jancis
Screenplay: Kaspar Jancis, Mike horelick, Paul Risacher, Robin Lyons, Andrew Offiler
Animation: Märt Kivi, Triin Sarapik-Kivi, Olga Stalev, Stina Tiigimäe, Adrienne Dowling, Susanne Guy, Tereza Perez- Girau, Martin Pullen, Nuria Robles, Patricia Sourdes, Jason Watts
Video Editor: Grid VFX ( Belgium )
Sound: Claran O’Tuairisc
Music: Pierre Yves Drapeu
Technique: Marionetas | Puppets
Production: Nukufilm OÜ, Telegael, GridVFX , UK
Distribution: Sola Media
Kaspar Jancis, born on May the 8th 1975, in Tallinn, developed an interest for comic books as a child, and for writing stories, which he illustrated. His first motion images arise in the corner of his scholar books. At the Turku University of Applied Sciences, in Finland, he studied animation under the orientation of Priit Pärn. It was exactly at Turku that he directed his first movie, “Romance”, from 1999. Since that year, he participated in several international movie festivals.
Sunday 24 | 18H00 | Cinema São Jorge | Sala Manoel de Oliveira
MARY & MAX
Australia, 2009, 92’
Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, “Mary and Max” tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely 8-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz, a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. As “Mary and Max” chronicles Mary’s trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max’s passage from middle to old age, it explores a bond that survives much more than the average friendship’s ups-and-downs.
“Mary and Max” is both hilarious and poignant as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, trust, copulating dogs, agoraphobia and many more of life’s surprises.
Director: Adam Elliot
Screenplay: Adam Elliot
Production: Melodrama Pictures
Winning writer/director, Adam Elliot, is a celebrated independent animator. His films, “Uncle”, “Cousin”, “Brother” And “Harvie Krumpet”, have participated in over five hundred film festivals and won over one hundred awards, including in 2004, the Oscar ® for Best Animated Short Film for “Harvie Krumpet”.
Born on the second of January 1972, he inherited a physiological tremor from his mother that he has incorporated into his style, and is now a feature of his drawing and animation style. In 1996, he decided to study animation at the Victorian College of the Arts. There he made his first film, “Uncle”. After graduating in 1997, he went on to complete the other two parts of his trilogy, “Cousin” and “Brother”. In 2003, he completed the half-hour claymation “Harvie Krumpet”, narrated by Geoffrey Rush and produced by Melanie Coombs of Melodrama Pictures. In 2006 “Harvie Krumpet” was included in the Annecy International Animation Festival’s Top 100 animated films of all time. In 1999, Adam was made Young Victorian of the Year, and he is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He also has served as a juror at numerous international film festivals and is in-demand as a public and corporate speaker.
Adam’s films have connected with audiences through focusing on ‘difference’ with compassion, humour and pathos. Adam is the Official Patron of The Other Film Festival, Australia’s only disabled film festival.
Saturday 30 | 19H45 | Cinema City Alvalade
LEO DA VINCI – MISSION MONA LISA
Italy | 2017 | 82’
A film on the enigmatic and fascinating figure of the young Leonardo da Vinci that is able to recreate his world made of brilliant discoveries, intelligent inventions, and moments dedicated to having fun and a great dream: being able to fly.
In this adventure together with Leo there are new and old friends, amongst which the strong and determined Lisa that the young boy is in love with without being aware of it. There is also a handful of fearful pirates that resort to strong-arm tactics to reach their goal: get the treasure that is under the sea next to the island of Montecristo.
Thanks to his futuristic inventions, most importantly the diving suit, Leo finds the treasure first… but the pirates do not just stay there and watch!
Director: Sergio Manfio
Screenplay: Sergio Manfio, Francesco Manfio
Music: Marco Fedalto
Production: Francesco Manfio, Gruppo Alcuni
Saturday 30 | 11H00 | Cinema São Jorge | Sala Manoel de Oliveira
TITO AND THE BIRDS
Brazil| 2018 | 73’
Tito is a shy 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother. Suddenly, an unusual epidemic starts to spread, making people sick whenever they get scared. Tito quickly discovers that the cure is somehow related to his missing father’s research on bird’s songs.
He embarks on a journey to save the world from the epidemic with his friends. Tito’s search for the antidote becomes a quest for his missing father and for his own identity.
Director: Gustavo Steinberg, André Catoto, Gabriel Bitar
GUSTAVO STEINBERG, ANDRÉ CATOTO, GABRIEL BITAR
Gustavo Steinberg was born in São Paulo in 1973. Since 1995, he has produced six feature films, directed two and written the screenplay for four movies. His previous films have won awards such as Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, Digital Award at the 60th Venice Film Festival, Official selection in the 37th New York Film Festival, Young Jury Award at the 53rd Locarno Film Festival and Best Documentary in the Latin American Los Angeles Film Festival, among others.
Before co-directing “Tito and the Birds”, Gabriel Bitar has worked on title sequences and animations for several TV shows and feature films in Brazil such as Tropicália, Cidade Cinza and Tim Maia. His unique identity is defined by his wide range of skills using mixed media on all of his projects. His personal work involves painting, etching, photography, and he is also part of Várzea Ilustrada, a multimedia collective responsible for interactive multimedia projection and live animations. Four times winner at the short film festival Festival do Minuto in Brazil, he has also produced, animated and directed the short film “The City and Desire Nº5”. Gabriel is a partner at Veranito, an animation studio based in São Paulo, where “Tito and The Birds” was composed.
André Catoto Dias, born in 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, is a journalist and has worked with audiovisual productions ever since he graduated. Two of his short movies won awards at the Festival do Minuto: “Segredo” (2008) and “Receita de todo dia” (2009). He also directed the short film “Imo” (2011) and, in 2015, won the 19th Cultura Inglesa Festival and produced the short “Say I am Only Seventeen”. His latest short film is “@disexta”. He founded animation studio DnA.tv.br in 2011, where he remains until today.
Saturday 30 | 22H00 | Cinema City Alvalade
TINTIN AND THE PRISONERS OF SUN
France, Belgium, Switzerland | 1969 | 77’
A team of adventurers stumble upon the tombstone of Rascar Capac and subsequently fall victim to a strange illness that sends them to sleep. At the same time, the famous Professor Calculus is kidnapped by Indians who take him to Peru. Tintin is called to solve the mystery.
Original music by Jacques Brel.
Director: Serge Nadaud
Screenplay: Eddie Lateste, Jos Marissen, Laszlo Molnar, Hergé
Animation: Nic Broca, Marcel Colbrant, Vivian Miessen, Claude Monfort, Lawrence Moorcroft
Video Editor: Laszlo Molnar, Roger Cacheux, Jean-Pierre Cereghetti
Sound: Claude Ermelin, Jean Neny
Music: François Rauber, Jacques Brel
Distribution: Mediatoon Distribution
Saturday 23 | 18H00 | Cinema Ideal
A TOWN CALLED PANIC
Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar
Belgium, Luxembourg, France | 2009 | 75’
Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems too. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house instead. Surreal adventures take over as the trio travel to the center of the earth,trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe where pointy headed (and dishonest!) creatures live. Each speedy character is voiced – and animated – as if their very air contains both amphetamines and laughing gas. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier mâché town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?
Director: Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar
Distribution: Coproduction Office
THE SECRET OF KELLS
Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
France, Belgium, Ireland | 2009 | 71’
In the 9th century, in a remote part of Ireland, lies the fortified Kells Abbey, where 12 years old Brendan lives quietly. He is hard at work with the other monks to fortify the abbey walls as protection against Viking raids. But he is called to a new life of adventure with the arrival of Brother Aidan, a celebrated master illuminator and keeper of an extraordinary, but unfinished book. Aidan initiates Brendan into the art of illumination, awakening a prodigious talent.
Brendan must finish the magnificent book. He has to overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him for the first time beyond the Abbey’s walls into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. It is here where he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young white wolf/girl, who will help him along the way.
But with the terrifying Viking hordes closing in, will Brendan’s artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against barbarians?
Director: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Screenplay: Fabrice Ziolkowski
Music: Bruno Coulais
Distribution: Celluloid Dreams, Tamasa Distribution
ERNEST & CELESTINE
Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Belgium, Luxembourg, France | 2012 | 82’
In bear’s traditional society, friendships between bear and mouse are not advisable. Ernest, the big clown musician bear, opens his home up to little mouse Celestine, an orphan who escaped the underground rodent world. These two great friends, by building a comfortable life together, help change the laws that rule their world.
Director: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Sunday, March 31st | 2:00 PM | Cinema City Alvalade Sala 2
France, Italy | 2009 | 80’
Natanael, seven, still doesn’t know how to read. His eccentric old aunty bequeaths her house to his parents and her book collection to the young boy… Nat discovers that the books serve as a shelter for all the heroes found in children’s literature.
Director: Dominique Monféry
Production: Gaumont-Alphanim, La Fabrique, Lanterna Mágica