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“Funan,” the story of a young mother trying to reunite her family during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia of the 1970s, won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film Festival, held Oct. 19-21 in Los Angeles. The film, directed by Denis Do, made its North American debut at the event.
“’Funan’ reminds us that animation can tell any kind of story. This versatile medium is by no means limited to fantastical or extraordinary subjects, but is in fact uniquely suited to incredibly personal ones as well,” said Peter Debruge, jury chairman and Variety’s chief film critic. “With ‘Funan,’ Do explores what his Cambodian mother experienced at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime, finding unexpected beauty within the horror of the situation. The jury agreed that the profound result actually feels more powerful by virtue of being made in animation.”
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In addition, “Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” co-written and directed by Salvador Simo, was awarded a special jury prize.
“We chose to award a special jury prize to ‘Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ for its innovative handling of unexpected subject matter,” Debruge explained. The film follows the surrealist filmmaker and his friend and benefactor Ramon as they endeavor to make an ambitious documentary about Spain’s Las Hurdes region.
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Animation Is Film Review: 'Funan'
In addition to Debruge, the jury included Warner Animation Group EVP Allison Abbate,...
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