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ANIMARIO 2020 will feature screenings and in-person activities in different spaces within Cineteca Madrid (Film Archive) and Matadero Madrid and, for the first time this year, the festival will offer online screenings through the Filmin platform. This hybrid formula will allow the festival to reach a larger audience by offering people the opportunity to enjoy the films both on the big screen and at home..
The competitive section of ANIMARIO is growing in size and will include 21 titles this year, three of which will be world premières while the other 18 are being screened for the first time in Madrid. The selection includes such outstanding award-winning films as Alexandre Siqueira's 'Purpleboy', the story of a boy-plant with no defined sex; Geoffroy de Crécy’s ‘Empty Places’, with its elegant empty spaces; and ‘The Physics of Sorrow’, a story of life behind the Iron Curtain by Bulgarian-Canadian Theodore Ushev. There is also room for such discoveries as ‘Portrait of Suzanne’ by Izabela Plucińska, based on a story by Roland Topor and animated in plasticine, or ‘The Coin’, the latest film by Siqui Song whose previous short film ‘Sister’ won last year’s Jury's Mention. Spain is well represented by ‘Mad in Xpain’ by Madrid-born Coque Riobó
The ANIMARIO festival will open with the Spanish preview of ‘Homeless Home’, by Alberto Vázquez, a film that won the Animario-Plaza Rio 2 production award in the 2019 edition and recently received a prize at the prestigious Annecy festival. The screening of the film will be followed by a master class by Vázquez, who will look back on his career and present images from 'Unicorn Wars', his new feature film which is currently in full production.
El cuerpo y lo táctil visto a través de la animación, con inspiraciones literarias y de las artes performativas, supone uno de los ejes vertebradores de esta edición con estrenos, retrospectivas y el ciclo titulado ‘Tócame’, que celebra el sentido del tacto a través de filmes plenos de entornos y coreografías surreales, firmados en su mayoría por mujeres. El humor y la sensualidad a través de mundos fantásticos y diversos se darán cita de la mano de Michaela Pavlatova, Suzan Piit, Yokiro Mizushiri, Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo, Renée Zhan, Camila Karter y Jan Švankmajer.
ANIMARIO will showcase complete retrospectives of the work of three animators, Mexico’s Sofia Carrillo, the Estonian Chintis Lundgren, and Thomas Renoldner, from Vienna. As a result, the public will be able to enjoy Carrillo's exquisite stop-motion puppet films, Lundgren's raw lines and hilarious humour, and Renoldner's experimentation in different forms and formats. In addition to screening their films, and to allow us to gain a better understanding of the authors, ANIMARIO will be showing a video created exclusively for the festival in which the three directors will explain their unique creative processes.
ANIMARIO has prepared several programmes for families at the Cineteca (Film Archive) and on Filmin, as well as a workshop led by independent animator Laura Ginés. The films that have been selected are medium-length films of great artistic sensitivity like ‘La Vie de Château', a French production in which a girl is sent off to live with her uncle, a grumpy guard at the palace of Versailles, and ‘Zog’, a British production by the creators of 'The Gruffalo', set in a school for dragons.
The Animario-Plaza Rio 2 online challenge will be ‘Naturaleza en Stop Motion’ (Nature in Stop Motion), an invitation to young and old alike to create a work in stop motion animation.