Sunday, June 5 | 2:00pm | AGO, Jackman Hall | 317 Dundas St W.
$10 Adults Admission | $8 Children | $6 siblings (under 8 yrs.)
For some people, dreams mean the opposite of reality and responsibility; they are a distraction. At aluCine, we believe that dreams are the opposite of that. They give us direction, meaning, challenges, happy moments, something to hold on to. Dreams are born and fed in our childhood. They start with imagination and create a world of infinite possibilities when we barely know how to count or to read, and they stay with us forever.Join us for a journey into the dreams of a series of artists that use their imagination to create pieces for children and children-at-heart using a variety of animation techniques.
Films In Program:
Mateo y el Cine / Mateo and The Cinema
Luis Felipe Hernandez Alanis
2015 • Mexico • 3’28” • Animation
Using very simple forms director Luis Felipe Hernandez tells the story of how Mateo’s family helped him transform his beautiful drawing into moving images.
Doña Ubenza / Mrs. Ubenza
Juan Manuel Costa
2015 • Argentina • 3’29” • Animation
Argentinian director Juan Manuel Costa brings to life the folkloric “copla” Doña Ubenza sung by folk artist Mariana Carrizo. The song tells the story of a day in the life of the title character and her sheep while they sing, walk, and dance across the all-mighty Andes, all rendered in gorgeous stop-motion.
La máquina / The Machine
2015 • Mexico • 4’02” • Animation
Seasoned Mexican director Rene David Reyes brings his expertise to this fun short about a son that opens his inventor father about the consecuenses of abusing our planet’s resources. La máquina is a reminder that we’re not islands; everything we do affects everything and everyone else.
2014 • Brazil • 2’35” • Animation
This magical short by director Iuri Araújo takes us back in time and to the present again to illustrate the origins of the masks festival celebrated in the Brazilian city of Pirenópolis. This celebration recalls the confrontations between Christians and Muslims in the Middle Ages.
El trompetista / The Trumpet Player
Raul Robin Morales Reyes
2014 • Mexico • 10′ • Animation
Music and animation are the tools that Mexican director Raúl Robin Morales uses to tell the story of a sweet member of the military that refuses to let the system stop him from playing his own tunes.
Aguacero / Downpour
Bernarda Cornejo Pinto
2015 • Canada/Ecuador • 4’40” • Animation
An old couple fights the never-ending rain that threats to destroy their house. Director Bernarda Cornejo uses water-inspired stop-motion to share her thoughts about miscommunication and loneliness.
En-sueño / Reverie
Paula Bartning & Gabriel Gonzalez Gedoviu
2015 • Mexico • 7’49” • Animation
Directors Paula Bartning and Gabriel Gonzalez use water color-style animation to tell the story of a writer that confronts a creative block and is forced to dive into his imagination to find the lost inspiration he needs to keep going.
2015 • Mexico • 10’30” • Animation
Gorgeous CGI is the resource that Mexican director Rita Basulto uses to convey the tale of a puppet that dreams with the freedom to see the world.
Viagem na chuva / Journey in the Rain
2015 • Brazil • 12’55” • Animation
When the arrival of a circus coincides with the rainy season in a small town in Brazil a father and his son are swept away by magic and water and start a beautiful adventure in this short by Brazilian artist Wesley Rodrigues.
Historia de un oso/ Bear Story
Gabriel Osorio Vargas
2014 • Chile • 10’ • Animation
It is an absolutely magnificent feat of 3D animation, blending multiple textures and strongly evoking a StopMotion aesthetic. It is inspired by director Gabriel Osorio Vargas’s grandfather, Leopoldo Osorio, who after the Chilean coup d'état was imprisoned for two years, and then forced to live in exile for the duration of the dictatorship. A beautifully told story within a story about a bear who is captured by goons working for the circus and loses his family. Though children’s story, the film nonetheless works on many levels and evokes deeper political metaphors. Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated).
Awards / Selected Screenings:
Bear Story is the 2016 Oscar Winner for Best Short Film (Animated)
Bear Story has won over 50 international awards, including:
"Best Animation" Palm Springs Shortfest, 2015 *Academy Award Qualifying
"Grand Jury Prize" Nashville Film Festival, 2015 *Academy Award Qualifying
"Best Animated Short" RiverRun Film Festival 2015 *Academy Award Qualifying
"Best Animated Short" CIFF, Cleveland Ohio, 2015 *Academy Award Qualifying
"Best Animation" DCIFF, Washington DC, 2015
"Best International Film", Little Big Shots, Australia, 2015
"Best Animation" AluCine Latin Film Festival, Canada 2015
"Junior Audience Award" HAFF, Holland, 2015
"Audience Award" Klik! Festival, Amsterdam, November 2014
"Grand Prize" Kuandu International Festival, Taiwan, September 2014
"Grand Prize" Animasyros, Greece, August 2014
"Best Children's Short Film" Animamundi, August 2014
"Best Art Direction", Animamundi, August 2014
"Best Shortfilm", SANFIC, Chile, October 2014
"Best National Short Film" Chilemonos, May 2014