Here is a rare opportunity to watch Swiss animated films curated by Rolf Baechler from Trick & Film & Animation, Zürich. The Animation Society of India has monthly sessions on animation in various Indian cities. This month it’s bringing Swiss Animation to Mumbai, with the help of NID (National Institute of Design) and Prohelvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
Swiss animation is very diverse with no one distinct style representative of the country. In fact, diversity has been the hallmark of Swiss animation from the outset. Rolf will present animated films by the best known animation directors in Switzerland (including Georges Schwizgebel – one of the most prominent and acclaimed of all Swiss animators, François Chalet, Rolf Brönnimann and Basil Vogt) as well as films by some of his students and his own films.
That’s not all. The Swiss Animation presentation by Rolf will be followed by a special screening of the Australian clay-animated film Mary and Max. This black comedy-drama has been written and directed by Adam Elliot and deals with some pretty serious themes including childhood neglect, teasing, loneliness, autism (Asperger’s syndrome in particular), obesity, depression and anxiety. It’s in no way meant for kids (which is a common misconception about animation that Indians have).
The voice cast for this 2009 film included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Bethany Whitmore, with narration by Barry Humphries. The film premiered on the opening night of the 2009 Sundance Film Festiva, won the Annecy Cristal in June 2009 from the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in November 2009.
Date: 5th November 2011
Time: 2 pm to 6 pm
Venue: Whistling Woods International, Film City, Goregaon (East), Mumbai
Registration: Free for TASI Members. Non-members can take a temporary membership.
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I have just 3 words for you, dear readers: DO NOT MISS!
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