ITFS 2023 Declares AniMovie Alternatives

The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), which returns to Stuttgart April 25-30, has revealed its alternatives for this 12 months’s AniMovie, the worldwide feature-length movie competitors the place movies vie for an opportunity to win the coveted Trickster Award.

The AniMovie competitors consists of movies for kids and adults. As well as, ITFS exhibits feature-length films within the supporting program (AniMovie Particular), which this 12 months consists of a number of German debuts and a world premiere.

Many administrators have introduced their intent to attend the premieres and screenings. Right here’s a movie breakdown:

AniMovie – Worldwide Characteristic-Size Movie Competitors

Friday, April 28, 6:30 pm, Gloria 1

German premiere:

Charlotte – directed by Eric Warin and Tahir Rana (Canada 2022)

The true story of Charlotte Salomon, a younger German-Jewish artist who comes of age on the eve of the Second World Conflict and defies unimaginable odds to create a timeless masterpiece.

The unique English model voice solid consists of Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, and Jim Broadbent. As well as, Salomon’s autobiographical life work, a group of drawings, texts, and scenic notes, is at present on show on the Lenbachhaus Munich.

Tahir Rana shall be current in Stuttgart.

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 pm, Gloria 1

German premiere:

Titina – directed by Kajsa Naess (Norway 2022)

Primarily based on the true adventures of the canine Titina, who received the hearts of Europeans within the Twenties.

Italian airship engineer Umberto Nobile enjoys a quiet life along with his beloved canine Titina, who charmed him into rescuing her from the streets of Rome. At some point, Norwegian explorer famous person Roald Amundsen contacts him and orders an airship to beat the North Pole. Nobile seizes the chance to go down in historical past. He brings Titina alongside, and the unlikely trio units out on an expedition to the final undiscovered place on Earth. Their quest is profitable, however the two males quarrel over the glory within the aftermath.

Kajsa Naess shall be current for the German premiere in Stuttgart. Naess offered the movie within the Work in Progress collection at ITFS 2022.

April 27, 6:30 pm, Gloria 1

Nayola – directed by José Miguel Ribeiro (Portugal, Belgium, France, Netherlands 2022)

Angola. Three generations of ladies in a 25-year-long civil battle: Lelena (the grandmother), Nayola (the daughter), and Yara (the granddaughter). Previous and current interlace. Nayola searches for her lacking husband on the top of the battle. A long time later, the nation is lastly at peace, however Nayola has not returned. Yara has change into a rebellious teenager and a subversive rap singer. Lelena tries to comprise her for worry of the police coming to arrest her. Then, one evening, a masked intruder breaks into their home—an encounter like nothing they may have imagined.

With Nayola, Ribeiro realized the primary Portuguese animated characteristic movie, which received the prize for finest animated characteristic movie on the Guadalajara Worldwide Movie Competition and the viewers award on the São Paulo Worldwide Movie Competition 2022.

AniMovie Youngsters – Characteristic-length Movies in Competitors for Youngsters

Thursday, April 27, 4:00 pm, Gloria 1

German premiere:

Three Robbers and a Lion (Folks og røvere i Kardemomme) – directed by Rasmus A. Sivertsen (Norway 2021)

Really useful for ages six and older, reside German narration.

The movie relies on a well known Norwegian youngsters’s e-book and encompasses a fusion of miniature buildings with CGI-animated characters.

Chaos guidelines the on a regular basis lifetime of the three troublemakers Casper, Jasper, and Jonathan – at residence too. The trio lives with a lion, they usually’re in determined want of a housekeeper – so that they devise a plan to kidnap Aunt Sophie, who is legendary as a home goddess. Nevertheless, her administration abilities are even higher than her housekeeping: She bosses the robbers round and has them do the work. Little by little, the three notice they’re in a lure. The one resolution is to do away with Sophie by returning her to city.

Rasmus A. Sivertsen shall be current for the German premiere in Stuttgart.

Friday, April 28, 2:00 pm, Gloria 1

Dounia & the Princess of Aleppo (Dounia & la Princesse d’Alep) – directed by Marya Zarif und André Kadi (Canada, France 2022)

Really useful for ages eight and older, reside German narration.

In her debut movie, director Marya Zarif tells her story of escape from Aleppo. With a number of nigella seeds tucked in her hand, 6-year-old Dounia leaves Aleppo with the Princess of Aleppo’s assist and travels in the direction of a brand new world.

Saturday, April 29, 2:00 pm, Gloria 1

Yuku and the Himalayan Flower (Yuku et la fleur de l’Himalaya) – directed by Arnaud Demuynck, Rémi Durin (Belgium, France 2022)

Really useful for ages 4 and older, German model

On high of the best mountains on earth grows a plant that feeds on essentially the most excellent daylight – the Himalayan flower. Yuku, a younger mouse, leaves her household to seek for this flower of everlasting mild and provides it to her grandmother, who will quickly must observe the little blind mole by the twists and turns of the earth. However to succeed, there’s a lengthy journey forward, stuffed with obstacles.

Arnaud Demuynck shall be current.

AniMovie Particular – Characteristic-length Movies within the Supporting Program

Thursday, April 27, 8:30 pm, Gloria 2

ITFMX Screening:

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – directed by Guillermo del Toro (USA 2022)  

In a joint screening, ITFS and FMX – Movie and Media Alternate will present a darker model of the story concerning the well-known wood boy by Hollywood filmmaker del Toro. Current on the screening shall be Georgina Haynes, Head of Character Creation on Pinocchio. The movie received the 2023 Oscar for “Finest Animated Characteristic.”

Saturday, April 29, 6:30 pm, Gloria 1

World Premiere:

Hölderlins Echo – directed by Hannes Rall, Susanne Marschall (Germany 2023)   

One well-known poet and a whole bunch of well-known composers: the work of Friedrich Hölderlin was set to music about 1800 occasions within the twentieth century. Within the historical past of contemporary music, Hölderlin’s poetry has been remodeled into avant-garde Liedkunst, which is interpreted globally, particularly in Asia. “Hölderlins Echo” resonates with many voices within the movie’s elaborately designed animations created by a global crew. 4 poetic animated scenes present episodes from Hölderlin’s life and continually reinterpret the determine of the stressed, loving, ever-breaking, multi-faceted poet by the person types of the animation artists.

Hannes Rall and Susanne Marschall shall be current on the world premiere.

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 pm, Delphi

Teheran Tabu – directed by Ali Soozandeh (Germany, Austria 2017)

Pari, Babak, Sara, and Donya reside within the Iranian capital Tehran. To earn a dwelling for herself and her five-year-old son, Pari works as a prostitute and sells her physique to an influential choose, who supposedly helps her lead a greater life. Her neighbor Sara, who ekes out an obedient existence as a housewife underneath her husband and his religious dad and mom, additionally goals of a greater life however would a lot fairly return to work. Younger Donya faces an identical destiny. In a number of days, she’s going to get married. Nonetheless, she agrees to spend the evening with the younger musician Babak and afterward calls for that he pays for an operation to revive her virginity.

Wednesday, April 26, 8:15 pm

The ITFS can even present a movie concerning the Islamic Revolution in Iran on the free open-air cinema on Schlossplatz:

Persepolis – directed by Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi (France 2007)

Thursday, April 27, 8:00 pm, Cinema

My Love Affair with Marriage – directed by Signe Baumane (Latvia, Luxembourg, USA 2022)

From an early age, songs and fairytales satisfied Zelma that Love would remedy all her issues if she abided by societal expectations of how a woman ought to act. However as she grew older, one thing didn’t appear proper with the idea of affection: the extra she tried to evolve, the extra her physique resisted—a narrative about accepting the interior feminine insurrection.

Signe Baumane shall be current for the screening.

The Open-Air program can even characteristic her feature-length movie Rocks in My Pockets

Supply: The Stuttgart Worldwide Competition of Animated Movie

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