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European animated films continue to tackle weighty subject matter with diverse works aimed at older and more mature audiences.
A number of celebrated titles last year impressed by tackling historical, political and cultural subject matter in original ways, among them Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow’s European Film Award winner “Another Day of Life,” above, Denis Do’s “Funan,” which took the top prize in Annecy, and Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” which won a plethora of prizes around the globe.
Year - Trend - Projects - Matter - Themes
This year the trend continues with new and upcoming projects that explore wide ranging subject matter, from such sobering themes as the plight of refugees, racism and war to lighter fare like surrealist cinema and quirky romance.
Norwegian director Mats Grorud tackles the politically charged topic of Palestinian refugees in “Wardi” (The Tower). The film follows an 11-year-old girl living with her family in a Beirut refugee camp who tries to keep alive her great-grandfather’s hope of someday returning to his long lost home in Galilee. The film, sold by Jour2Fête, is based on the testimonies of Palestinian refugees and combines 2D and puppet animation.
Film - Passage - Time - Past - Future
“We wanted to make a film about the passage of time — the past, the present and the future – to show how children are born into this camp without rights, as refugees,” says Grorud. “These people have suffered tremendously.”
French director Florence Miailhe likewise examines the subject of displaced people in “The Crossing.” Currently in production by France’s Les Films de l’Arlequin, Germany’s Balance Film and the Czech Republic’s Maur Film, the pic follows two children from a plundered village fleeing from pursuers as they make their way across a hostile continent in search of safe haven.
Trends - Germany - Mohammad - Farokhmanesh - Frank
Examining troubling trends in Germany, Mohammad Farokhmanesh and Frank Geiger tell the story of children born into...
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