San Sebastian Film Festival 2013

A special retrospective to animated films produced in the last two decades. The 25-film cycle includes the titles below.

View other San Sebastian Film Festival Films by strand: Classic Retrospective - Nagisa Oshima, Culinary Zinema: Film and Gastronomy , Horizontes Latinos, Made in Spain, New Directors, Official Selection, Pearls, Savage Cinema, Velodrome, Zabaltegi, Zinemira

Tatsumi Tatsumi
Tatsumi and Chico & Rita
$9.99 (Country: Israel, Australia; Year: 2008; Director: Tatia Rosenthal; Writer: Etgar Keret, Etgar Keret, Tatia Rosenthal; Stars: Tom Budge, Joel Edgerton, Leon Ford, Samuel Johnson, Claudia Karvan, Jamie Katsamatsas, Anthony LaPaglia, Ben Mendelsohn, Henry Nixon, Barry Otto)
Stop-animation film tackles the age-old question of the meaning of life.
Chico & Rita (Chico Y Rita, Chico And Rita) (Country: Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba, Tono Errando; Writer: Fernando Trueba, Ignacio Martinez de Pison; Stars: Mario Guerra, Limara Meneses, Estrella Morente, Eman Xor Oña), Official Site
The turbulent romance between a Cuban pianist and a singer in Forties and Fifties.
Crulic - The Path to Beyond (Country: Romania, Poland; Year: 2011; Director: Anca Damian; Writer: Anca Damian; Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Jamie Sives)
Anca Damian's poetic and innovative animated feature recounts the life and final days of a Romanian immigrant wrongly imprisoned in a Polish prison.
Fear(s) Of The Dark (Peur(s) Du Noir) (Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Callou, Richard McGuire, Pierre Di Sciullio, Lorenzo Mattotti Screenwriters: Jerry Kramsky, Pirus, Romaine Slocombe, Etienne Robial)
Ten animations from the dark side.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Wes Anderson; Writer: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, based on the book by Roald Dahl.; Stars: Voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson, Karen Duffy, Robin Hurlstone, Hugo Guinness, Helen McCrory, Roman Coppola, Juman Malouf, Brian Cox), Official Site, Trailer
Animated version of Roald Dahl's tale about a wily fox.
Paprika Paprika
Paprika and Wrinkles
The King Of Pigs (Dae-gi-eui Wang) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2011; Director: Yeon Sang-ho; Writer: Yeon Sang-ho; Stars: Ik-joon Yang, Jeong-se Oh, Hye-na Kim, Kkobbi Kim, Hee-von Park)
This animation portrays the brutal world of school bullying as the starting point for a lifelong perpetuation of the instinct for violent revenge.
A Liar's Autobiography (Country: UK; Year: 2012; Director: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett; Writer: Graham Chapman, David Sherlock, Douglas Addams, David Yallop, Alex Martin; Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones)
A fanciful animated biopic of Monty Python alumnus Graham Chapman.
Metropia (Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland; Year: 2009; Director: Tarik Saleh; Writer: Fredrik Edin, Stig Larsson and Tarik Saleh, based on a story by Fredrik Edin, Martin Hultman and Tarik Saleh; Stars: Voices of: Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Alexander Skarsgård, Sofia Helin, Shanti Roney, Fares Fares, Fredrik Eddari)
Futuristic animation sees a young man begin to hear voices in his head.
Mind Game (Country: Japan; Year: 2004; Director: Masaaki Yuasa; Writer: Robin Nishi, Robin Nishi, Masaaki Yuasa; Stars: Koji Imada, Sayaka Maeda, Takashi Fujii, Seiko Takuma, Tomomitsu Yamaguchi, Toshio Sakata, Joji Shimaki, Rintarou Nishi, Kenichi Chujou)
Tricky to work out what this is about but described by Leeds programmers as "what happens when the creative forces of hugely talented anime artists are unleashed inside your head".
Mary And Max (Mary & Max) (Country: Australia; Year: 2009; Director: Adam Elliot; Writer: Adam Elliot; Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore, Renée Geyer, Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, John Flaus, Julie Forsyth), Official Site
Claymation about the friendship between an eight-year-old Aussie and a 44-year-old New Yorker.
Waking Life Waking Life
Waking Life and The Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes
The Painting (Le Tableau) (Country: France; Year: 2011; Director: Jean-François Laguionie; Writer: Jean-François Laguionie, Anik Leray), Official Site
Characters escape from a painting and travel through other works of art.
Paprika (Country: Japan; Year: 2006; Director: Satoshi Kon; Writer: Seishi Minakami, Satoshi Kon, based on the novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui; Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Furuya)
A dream machine is stolen, leading to people being unable to distinguish reality from fiction.
The Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes (Country: UK/Germany/France; Year: 2005; Director: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay; Writer: Alan Passes, Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay; Stars: Cesar Saracho, Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Assumpt Serna, Ljubisa Lupo-Grujcic)
Meglomaniac doctor brings together a piano tuner and a dead opera singer for his grand operatic masterpiece.
Princess (Country: Germany, Denmark; Year: 2006; Director: Anders Morgenthaler; Writer: Mette Heeno and Anders Morgenthaler; Stars: The voices of Thure Lindhardt, Liv Corfixen, Stine Fischer Christensen, Mira Hilli Møller Hallund)
A priest adopts his orphaned niece and grows furious upon discovering what happened to her and her mother.
Tatsumi (Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Eric Khoo; Writer: Based on the work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi; Stars: Tetsuya Bessho, Motoko Gollent, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Mike Wiluan)
Animation based on Yoshihiro Tatsumi's manga memoir A Drifting Life and other short stories.
Metropia Metropia
Metropia and Fantastic Mr. Fox
Waking Life (Country: US,; Year: 2001; Director: Richard Linklater; Writer: Richard Linklater; Stars: Wiley Wiggins, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Charles Gunning, Adam Goldberg, Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater)
Rotoscope hero attempts to divine the meaning of life through his dreams.
Wrinkles (Arrugas) (Country: Spain; Year: 2011; Director: Ignacio Ferreras; Writer: Ángel de la Cruz, Ignacio Ferreras; Stars: Tacho González, Álvaro Guevara, Mabel Rivera)
An Alzheimer's sufferer finds a new place in the world after entering an old folk's home.
Waltz With Bashir (Country: Israel, Germany, France; Year: 2008; Director: Ari Folman; Writer: Ari Folman; Stars: Voices of: Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ari Folman, Dror Harazi, Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon, Ori Sivan, Zahava Solomon), Official Site, Trailer
Animated documentary exploring the psychological aftermath of the First Lebanon War.

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