Saturday 23 | 6:00 PM | Cinema Ideal

A TOWN CALLED PANIC

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

STÉPHANE AUBIER & VINCENT PATAR

Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar are belgian animation writers and directors, using various techniques: from classic cel to plasticine, through cut paper. They met in 1986 during their studies at the Institut des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Luc in Liège and both graduated in 1991 from L’ École Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels, a famous art school in Europe. Since their first beginning, their careers are closely bound: the duet shares a commun universe, developed from many years of collaboration.

 

Sunday 24 | 11:00 AM| Cinema Ideal

THE SECRET OF KELLS

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

NORA TWOMEY

After studying animation in Dublin and England, Nora teamed up with Paul Young, Ross Murray and Tomm Moore, in 1999, to create the Cartoon Saloon production company.

Nora directed numerous animated shorts such as “From Darkness”, based on a inuit short story, and  “CúilínDualach”, that tells the story of a boy who was born with his head on backwards. Both films were nominated in numerous film festivals and won many awards. In 2005, along with Tom Moore, Nora started production on “The Secret of Kells”. Today, she remains connected to the Cartoon Saloon and is currently producing a film that mixes real images with animation, based on the short story “Blue Beard”.

TOMM MOORE

Since the creation of the Cartoon Saloon production company in 1999, Tomm Moore has worked on almost all of its projects, as a director, as an animator, on the storyboard, on character development or illustration. His feature films “The Secret of Kells” (2009)  and “Song of the Sea” (2014) were both nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars.

Sunday 24 | 6:00 PM| Cinema Ideal

IMMORTEL, Enki Bilal, França, Itália, Reino Unido, France, Italy, United Kingdom, 2004, 75’
(VO, LEG. PT)

IMMORTAL

France, Italy, United Kingdom | 2004 | 103’

Beginning of the twenty-third century. Somewhere in the three levels of NYC, there’s a woman with blue hair, who cries blue tears – Jill Bioskop. She doesn’t know it yet, but Horus the falcon-headed god has cruised half the universe to meet her. He has just seven days to live; seven days to find Jill in the maze of the city and seduce her. But to do so, he needs to possess a human body: Alcide Nikopol, a political prisoner who was cryogenised thirty years before because he knew too much about the New York Apartheid. Horus, Nikopol and Jill Bioskop… A weird ménage à trois where everything is twisted: voices, bodies, memories… Everything but love, which shows up where it wasn’t expected.

Director: Enki Bilal

Sunday 24 | 6:00 PM | 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

Distribution: Parkcircus

ADAM ELLIOT

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.

Monday 25 | 6:30 PM | Cinemateca Portuguesa | Sala Luís de Pina

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Czech Republic, Slovakia | 1959 | 76’

Shakespeare’s classic play is retold in this creative film using puppets. Helena loves Demetrius, who is engaged to Hermia, who loves Lysander. To escape her forced marriage to Demetrius, Hermia convinces Lysander to elope. The young lovers are pursued by Demetrius, Helena and an Athenian search party to a darkened wood – where they cross paths with a mischievous group of fairies and a bumbling theater troupe.

Director: Jiří Trnka

Screenplay: Jiří Trnka, Jiří Brdečka;

Animation: Bohuslav Šrámek, Stanislav Látal, Břetislav Pojar, Jan Karpaš, Jan Adam, Vlasta Jurajdová

Video Editor: Hana Walachová

Music: Václav Trojan

Production: Kreslený a loutkový film Praha

Distribution: NFA

JIŘÍ TRNKA

Jiří Trnka (1912-1969) was not just a pioneer of animated film, but also an important illustrator, painter, puppet-maker, sculptor and stage designer. His animation work was just one of the ways in which he could express himself creatively, and it is in this light that it should be appreciated. Motifs and techniques are never repeated just for their own sake, but are constantly varied, developed or combined. Trnka’s films are full of poetic atmosphere; he breaks down every narrative motif into pictures, which as it were merge in the imagination to create an expansive space for the rich range of feelings and moods that he gives his characters.

He directed many famous films such as: “The Czech Year” (Špalíček, 1947), “The Emperor’s Nightingale” (Císařův slavík, 1948), “Bayaya” (Bajaja, 1950), “The Song Of The Prairie” (Arie prerie, 1949), “Old Czech Legends” (Staré pověsti české, 1953), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Sen noci svatojanské, 1959), “Cybernetic Granny” (Kybernetická babička, 1962), and “The Hand” (Ruka, 1965).

 

Tuesday 26 | 6:30 PM| Cinemateca Portuguesa | Sala Luís de Pina

A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS

Czech Republic, Slovakia, 1974, 88’

The master of Czech film, Karel Zeman, began to return to purely animated work from the 1970’s. He was inspired by the Arabic fairy tales about sailor Sinbad. Originally separate short episodes (seven in total) later compiled into a full-length shape without suppressing an episodic character. He tells the story of the main hero in the country of giants, how he overcame the lures of the magnet mountain or the sea sultan, and there is also a flying carpet. Artistically Zeman tried to imitate the style of Persian and Arabic miniatures.

Director: Karel Zeman

Animation: Arnost Kupcik, Eugen Spaleny

Video Editor: Ivan Matous

Production: Karel Hutecka

Distribution: KRATKY FILM PRAHA a.s.

KAREL ZEMAN

Karel Zeman was born on November 3, 1910 in Ostromer u Nové Paky, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. The first film he made was the poetic film “Vanocni sen”, which won the Best Puppet Award at the Cannes IFF in 1946. It was a combined feature and puppet film in which the animated toy moved in a real environment (Borivoj Zeman was the director of the feature part). He was a writer and director, known for: “Cesta do praveku” (Journey to the Beginning of Time) 1955; “Vynalez Zkazy” (Deadly Invention) 1958; “Baron Prasil” (Baron Munchausen) 1962; “Blaznova kronika” (The Jester’s Tale) 1964; “Ukradena vzducholod” (The Stolen Airship) 1966; “Na komete” (On the Comet) 1970; “Thousands and One Nights”, 1974; “Carodejuv ucen” (Krabat: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), 1977; “Pohadka o Honzikovi a Marence” (The Tale of John and Mary) 1980. He died on April 5, 1989 in Zlin, Czech Republic.

Wednesday 27 | 6:00 PM | Cinema Ideal

TERKEL IN TROUBLE

Denmark | 2004 | 77’

A crazy comedy about secret love, a psycho killer, iron bars, canapés and a friendship on trial. Terkel is a sixth grade student. A bit of a sissy, but okay after all. Terkel does not have an easy life. His psychopathic uncle Stewart has just beaten up the tough guys from Terkel’s class, Nigel and Saki. So what can you do to draw their attention away from the thought of revenge? You start teasing the ugly girl in the class, Fat Doris.
But who could imagine that she would jump out of the window ? That you would start to get death threats ? That the new teacher and animal lover, Justin, does not have as clear a conscience as expected and in fact that nothing is, as is seems ? At least not for Terkel…

Director: Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Stefan Fjeldmark

Screenplay: Mette Heeno

Video Editor: Per Risager, Mikael R. Ryelund, Martin Wichmann Andersen

Music: Bossy Bo

Production: Nordisk Film, A. Film

Distribution: Danish Film Institut

 

Friday 29 | 8:00 PM | Cinema City Alvalade

BLACK MOR’S ISLAND

France, 2004, 85’

Self-discovery, freedom and love…

Locked up in an orphanage, a 15 year old boy known only as the Kid, knows nothing about who is or where he comes from. The orphanage where he was locked up cannot compare to the ocean breeze. The Kid steals a beautiful sailing boat and sets off with his fellow sufferers after the legendary Black Mor Treasure.

Director: Jean-François Laguionie

Screenplay: Jean-François Laguionie, Anik Le Ray

Video Editor: Pascal Pachard

Sound: Christine Webster

Music: Christophe Héral

Production: Dargaud Media, La Fabrique, Les Films du Triangle, Teva Studio

Distribution: Mediatoon Distribution

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAGUIONIE

Jean-François Laguionie majored in design and theater. From 1964 to 1972, he directed his first short films, first in Paul Grimault´s studios and afterwards in Cévennes, where, in 1979, he started his own studio. From 1984 to 2000, he founded and co-directed La Fabrique Production and directed his first feature films. He has lived in Bretagne since 2005.

 

Friday 29 | 8:00 PM | Cinemateca Portuguesa | Sala Luís de Pina 

HARPYA

Belgium | 1979 | 9’

During his evening walk Mister Oscar witnesses an assault. He is very surprised to see that it is the work of a genuine harpy. He wants to find out more, which is not without danger.

Director: Raoul Servais

Distribution: Cinemateca Belga

RAOUL SERVAIS

Born in 1928, Raoul Servais studied applied arts at KASK, in Ghent. Freshly graduated he worked as René Magritte’s assistant. In 1963, Servais started the Animation Film Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, the first school of its kind on the European continent. In 1973, Raoul Servais enters the Royal Academy for Arts and Sciences of Belgium. From 1985 to 1994 Raoul Servais was President of ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation). Raoul Servais is co-founder of the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF – the fund of the Flanders government that supports audiovisuel production), has been vice-president of the Henri Storck Foundation and still is vice-president of the foundation that carries his name. Servais was made Doctor Honoris Causa of the Ghent University in 2008.

Raoul Servais received more than fifty prizes and awards, such as the Norman McLaren Heritage Prize of the Canadian National Film Board, the Grand Prize of the Jury and the Golden Palm with his short film “Harpya” (both in Cannes),  and the Grand Prix of the Animation Film Festival of Annecy, apart from important prizes at numerous other festivals in Belgium and abroad: Bilbao, Teheran, Montreal, Leipzig, Moscow, Chicago, Philadelphia, Sydney, Oberhausen, Zagreb, Porto, Rome, Valladolid.

TAXANDRIA

France, Belgium, Germany | 1994 | 82’

A lighthouse guardian leads a young prince towards an imaginary world, Taxandria, where the boy learns about the power of love and the value of liberty.

Director: Raoul Servais

Distribution: Cinemateca Belga

RAOUL SERVAIS

Born in 1928, Raoul Servais studied applied arts at KASK, in Ghent. Freshly graduated he worked as René Magritte’s assistant. In 1963, Servais started the Animation Film Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, the first school of its kind on the European continent. In 1973, Raoul Servais enters the Royal Academy for Arts and Sciences of Belgium. From 1985 to 1994 Raoul Servais was President of ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation). Raoul Servais is co-founder of the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF – the fund of the Flanders government that supports audiovisuel production), has been vice-president of the Henri Storck Foundation and still is vice-president of the foundation that carries his name. Servais was made Doctor Honoris Causa of the Ghent University in 2008.

Raoul Servais received more than fifty prizes and awards, such as the Norman McLaren Heritage Prize of the Canadian National Film Board, the Grand Prize of the Jury and the Golden Palm with his short film “Harpya” (both in Cannes),  and the Grand Prix of the Animation Film Festival of Annecy, apart from important prizes at numerous other festivals in Belgium and abroad: Bilbao, Teheran, Montreal, Leipzig, Moscow, Chicago, Philadelphia, Sydney, Oberhausen, Zagreb, Porto, Rome, Valladolid.

 

Saturday 30 | 9:00 PM| 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

Production: BelVision

Distribution: Mediatoon Distribution