4-14 SEPTEMBER 2014
Focus on Animation

What’s today’s global scene of animation like? What are the contemporary panoramas of animation? Every year the Milano Film Festival, with the Focus on animation, tries to answer these questions by screening over three hours of animated film in the Parco Sempione. The continuous affluence of the public to the animation marathon – which has become a real meeting place for animators, illustrators and film fans – bears witness to the vitality of a means of expression which has extended its domain well beyond the cinema screen.

This section aspires to being an X-ray of the world of animation, outlining the state-of-the-art on the most innovative techniques and on the most interesting artistic paths: 2D, live action hybrids, illustration, 3D, computer graphics, plasticine, stop motion, claymation, silhouettes and shadow theatre. No technique is overlooked and none is privileged. 

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365
365

Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod, GBR, 2013, HD, 7´

Three hundred and sixty-five days in a year, seven minutes of animation, one second and fifteen tenths per scene: creative daily fantasies in freedom, to be kept with you for the whole year.
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Alfred Jarry & \'Pataphysics
Alfred Jarry & \'Pataphysics

Skizz Cyzyk, USA, 2013, HD, 3´

Pataphysics, the literary pseudoscience invented by Alfred Jarry, is a form of creativity which dwells on the exceptions that support scientific theories and methods, using technical academic expressions to create surreal and nonsense comic effects.
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An Adventurous Afternoon
Ein abenteuerlicher nachmittag

Kirsten Carina Geisser, Ines Christine Geisser, DEU, 2013, HD, 6´

Giant Fox and William Honda only want a good coffee, and they do not know that they are about to venture on a journey through the galaxy on a pink afternoon animated by super heroes and super villains.
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Balloon Birds
Balloon Birds

Marjolaine Perreten, CHE, 2014, HD, 1´

Two slightly overweight sparrows meet on a branch before a third bird arrives. One minute of comic sketch in a few lines and a good idea.
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Bang! Bang!
Bang! Bang!

Julien Bisaro, FRA, 2014, HD, 12´

On the day of her 25th birthday, Eda decides to break away from her past life and, following the traces of a mysterious wolf, will learn about a part of herself that she had perhaps forgotten.
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Baths
Łaźnia

Tomek Ducki, POL, 2013, HD, 4´

Two elderly ladies start a swimming race and what happens in their minds takes shape, transforming the two eighty year-olds onto Olympic freestyle champions.
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Black Tape
Black Tape

Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot, DNK, 2014, HD, 3´

A tango recounts – through redrawn documentary fragments – the implacable increase in violence between Israel and Palestine.
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Cinematics
Cinematics

Pier Paolo, BRA, 2014, HD, 1´

Kill Bill and Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Robocop, Friday the 13th and Freddy Krueger: they all answer present in this relay of the cinema from the 1950s to the present.
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Cruise Patrol
Cruise Patrol

Bobby de Groot, Arjan van Meerten, NLD, 2013, HD, 7´

Acidic colours and references are at the basis of a film where two teddy bears armed to the teeth drive at top speed down a dusty road, with a queer policeman willing to do any heroic act to stop them hot on their heels.
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Don't Hug Me I'm Scared II - Time
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared II - Time

Joseph Pelling, Becky Sloan, GBR, 2014, HD, 4´

Extracts of conversations between Manny – a yellow puppet that seems a cross between a potato and a human being – Robin – a green bird with crabby manners – and Tony the clock on philosophical subjects such time, space or creativity.
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Ex Animo
Ex Animo

Wojciech Wojtkowski, POL, 2013, HD, 7´

A funeral song for a medium, traditional animation, still capable of amazing and moving and bring a sheet of paper to life (ex animo).
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Fingers Tale
Fingers Tale

Luca Schenato, Sinem Vardarli, TUR, 2013, HD, 4´

What happens if in a frozen second of time the fingers of a hand decide to go out and about in the city? A 3D animation which nods at film genres mixing in equal parts Martin Scorsese, Takeshi Kitano and Toy Story.
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Glad
Glad

Petra Zlonoga, HRV, 2014, HD, 6´

Every living thing is hungry: the see yearns for sunlight, the crow the air current that will let it fly, the man the touch of the woman he loves. The seed of desire grows in every living form and lets nature be recreated and regenerated.
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Hasta Santiago
Hasta Santiago

Mauro Carraro, CHE, 2013, HD, 13´

The dreamlike diary of a contemporary pilgrim, Mapo, who is following the Santiago way amid contradictions, questions on faith and some dancing dreams.
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High Wool
High Wool

Nikolai Maderthoner, Moritz Mugler, Nikolai Ockel von Sallwitz, DEU, 2013, HD, 3´

Two woollen threads, two cowboys, a duel. Two threads that fly in the air like bullets. in the clear sky of an animated page.
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Homo Homini Bisonte
Homo Homini Bisonte

Emanuele Simonelli, Astutillo Smeriglia, ITA, 2013, HD, 8´

A film where we discover that the millions of bison which lived in North America in the past never stopped running only because they were trying to run away from a herd of bison.
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I Like It When You're Gone
I Like It When You're Gone

Rosanna Wan, GBR, 2014, HD, 3´

The talents of Rosanna Wan are combined with the warm tones of London-born Tom Rosenthal. The animation was drawn on a roll of newspaper, with the elements running across the background. The protagonist’s journey begins on his boat and ends with a jump into the sea and an adventure on the back of a giant fish.
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I Love You so Hard
I Love You so Hard

Ross Butter, GBR, 2013, HD, 4´

Joel’s repugnant promises are actually the fruit of his great love for Jacqui, to whom he would like to give delights such as a honey-filled bladder and a rhinoceros that fights in midair. After all, “He Loves Her so Hard”.
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Johnny Express
Johnny Express

Kyungmin Woo, KOR, 2014, HD, 6´

A spatial messenger, Johnny sleeps in a very dirty spaceship and seldom pays attention to the flight. His mission will be to deliver a tiny parcel to a planet which is perhaps a little too small.
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L\'Homme sur sa chaise
L\'Homme sur sa chaise

Dahee Jeong, FRA/KOR, 2014, HD, 7´

The man on the chair is him who loses himself in a glass of water, he who puts his existence into doubt. An exemplary masterpiece in the graphic treatment of beautiful and classically Asian minimalist animation that was screened at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and winner of the last Annecy festival.
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L\'ile Noire
L\'ile Noire

Nino Christen, CHE, 2014, HD, 6´

The guardian of a wood lives a life of isolation until he is corrupted by a radio: engrossed by the sounds of the world, he does not realize what is happening to the place he ought to guard.
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La fille aux feuilles
La fille aux feuilles

Marina Rosset, CHE, 2013, HD, 6´

A man has to bury his goldfish, but amid the leaves of the forest a nymph is waiting for him. A fairy tale between classical myth and painting, which leads the audience into the forest of dreams and stories from childhood.
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M.o.M
M.o.M

Margherita Premuroso, ITA, 2014, HD, 2´

The life of a fisherman, made up of small acts which are repeated day after day, is ruined by the feelings of guilt which in turn become part of his routine.
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Me & Them
Me & Them

Ariel Victor Arthanto, AUS, 2014, HD, 4´

Lou and his two brothers are spending the summer camping, with children’s games and races in the woods. One afternoon, they start a game of tag which will take them much further than the itinerary they had thought of.
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O Menino e O Mundo
O Menino e O Mundo

Alê Abreu, BRA, 2013, HD, 80´

Following the death of his father, a boy sets off to discover the outside world. Leaving from a sertão made of colours and melodious sounds, this journey takes him through the poverty of the favelas, the squalor of the factories and the hard world of adults
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Pandy
Pandy

Matúš Vizàr, SVK/CZE, 2013, HD, 12´

Pandas have existed for millions of years and have always adapted to their environment: but then man arrived and started to destroy them. Twelve minutes of illustrated animation from the only representative from the Czech Republic at the last Cannes Film Festival, where it came joint third in the Cinéfondation’s competition.
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Phantom Limb
Phantom Limb

Alex Grigg, AUS, 2013, HD, 5´

Surviving a motorbike accident in which Martha lost an arm, James begins to give his remorse the shape of the girl’s phantom limb.
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Poils
Poils

Delphine Hermans, BEL, 2013, HD, 9´

Problems of baldness, scalp transplants, collectors of public hairs, sex maniacs looking for hairy chests: a galaxy of borderline subjects who chase after a hair through the whole city.
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Poker
Poker

Mirai Mizue, JPN, 2014, HD, 4´

Mirai Mizue, the master of Japanese abstract colour, creates the music video for Sough Tokumaru’s Poker along with Yukie Nakaukie, in which markedly kandinskijano ideas are combined with the physicality of manga in true Japanese style.
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Portrait
Portrait

Donnyz Sanzy, ITA, 2014, HD, 3´

A digital update of the aesthetic of ugliness by Rosenkranz, a film in which acquaintances, friends and the director himself are transformed into horrific self-propelled shapes.
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Rabbitland
Rabbitland

Nikola Majdak Jr., Ana Nedeljkovc, SRB, 2013, HD, 7´

Rabbits with bright pink fur, with a hole in place of a brain, live happily independently of what surrounds them. They are the highest level ever reached by evolution and it doesn’t matter if they have to die, as long as there are the elections.
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Simulacra
Simulacra

Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson, HRV, 2014, HD, 8´

A woman wove a thread. which a men, lost in a maze of mirrors, uses to find the way out, whilst his pullover gets shorter and shorter.
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Soucisse
Soucisse

Martin-Meilleur Gabriel, CAN, 2014, HD, 3´

Our body can also be revolting, especially when it is busy secreting delights such as mucus, catarrh, sweat and pus. A series of bodily delights we will never be free of.
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The Construction of ANSTALT3000
The Construction of ANSTALT3000

Helmut Munz, AUT/AUS, 2013, HD, 5´

A psychotrance gallop in neurolinguistics, between psychedelic illustrations of Roscher’s monsters and laws of computer programming, between the aesthetic of David O’Reily and the psychoanalytic game.
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The Master\'s Voice: Caveirao
The Master\'s Voice: Caveirao

Guilherme Marcondes, FRA, 2013, HD, 11´

When all the clocks stop at 3:33, a magical world comes to life and the different souls of São Paulo and Brazil are revealed.
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Throne – Tharsis Sleeps
Throne – Tharsis Sleeps

Tom Bunker, Nicos Livesey, GBR, 2014, HD, 5´

Nicolas Liversey, the front man of London-based metal band Throne, directs this incredible work of animation stitched entirely on 3,000 patches of jeans in A5 format, and animated frame-by-frame on a tablet
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Wawd Ahp
Wawd Ahp

Josh Chertoff, Steve Girard, USA, 2013, HD, 2´

The bar of nonsense is raised higher than ever for a film in which a man, rapping in front of a mirror, cuts off his head and uses it to masturbate, while neo-Nazi dinosaurs and improbable cartoons burst out of the pipes of the bath.
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Electrical Drawings - Workshop with Alan Holly
Workshop

For the 19th edition, Milano Film Festival and Milano Film Network, inside the Focus on Animation, gives you the opportunity to create a musical animated shortfilm. 

The workshop will be led by the young Irish animator Alan Holly, who has collaborated withCartoon Saloon animation studio, founded by Tomm Moore, oscar winner for The Secret of Kells. 

The last work of Holly, Coda, has collected many international awards, not least the prize for best animation short film at the South by Southwest film and music festival (Austin, Texas). 

Coordinating a group of 15 participants and dealing with each other to agree on the various specificities that emerge in terms of graphics, Alan Holly will follow the creation of an original music video in 2D graphic, working on a music track especially created by the Milanese musicianAntiteq. 

The final edit will be presented at the opening of the animation marathon on the 8th of September.