NFB Film Series: Animated Shorts
Please note: This is a program of animated shorts targeted at adults. Children are welcome to attend with an adult, but parents should know that these are not films made for children.
ELIZABETH HOBBS | 2018 | 6 MIN (NO DIALOGUE)
It’s 1915, and when Expressionist artist Oskar Kokoschka’s tempestuous love affair with Alma Mahler ends dramatically, he volunteers to fight in the First World War. This animated film explores Kokoschka’s frame of mind following his heartbreak and the traumatic experience of war, by reflecting on the artist’s prints and paintings.
ALISON SNOWDEN, DAVID FINE | 2018 | 14 MIN 24 S
Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In the latest animated short from the Oscar®-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
DALE HAYWARD, SYLVIE TROUVÉ | 2018 | 8 MIN 21 S
Who dares to disturb the devil’s grandmother and enter her slumbering house of bones? Who is foolish enough to betray this immortal nature-spirit? Baba Yaga holds the answers you need, but are they the answers you seek? Tread carefully, for your ambitious schemes could come back to haunt you…
JULIA KWAN | 2018 | 11 MIN 48 S (NO DIALOGUE)
Inspired by a real bear that once lived in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, The Zoo tells the story of a polar bear and a Chinese boy who visits him until they’re both in their twilight years. Acclaimed filmmaker Julia Kwan adeptly makes a poignant statement about gentrification and abandonment of the elderly, and leaves us with the notion that perhaps home can be found within.
CHINTIS LUNDGREN | 2017 | 12 MIN 54 S
Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother and spends his days learning piano while she makes his coffee and washes his socks. It is an easy life, but not a good one. Their unhealthy co-dependence is about to collapse when the washing machine breaks down and in comes Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, to fix it, and them.
Tinged with typically absurdist Estonian humour, and featuring animator Chintis Lundgren’s faulty but loveable anthropomorphic characters, Manivald mixes the surreal and the heartfelt in its timely tale of an emotionally unnourished generation. The film pokes fun at the loving but sometimes unhealthy ties that bind parents and children, while celebrating the liberties of independence, self-discovery and growth.