Wednesday April 02nd 2008, 4:02 am
Filed under: Festivals

Congratulations to all of the nominated animators. Nik and I send a special YEAA!!! to Nina Paley because Nik created and performs the intermission music on the film.

The nine films selected for the feature film category at Annecy 2008 have been selected.

They are:

–APPLESEED: EX MACHINA (Shinji Aramaki — Japan): Following the non-nuclear war that killed half the world’s population, the city-nation ofOlympus stands as a beacon of hope in a world of chaos and conflict.

–CHASSEURS DE DRAGONS (Guillaume Ivernel, Arthur Qwak — France, Germany, Luxembourg): Zoe is a little girl who believes in fairy tales. So in order to help her uncle Lord Arnold get rid of a terrible dragon, Zoe decides she has to find some heroes.

–DIE DREI RAUBER (Hayo Freitag — Germany): One bitter dark night, three robbers stop a carriage for gold. Instead, they get to know the little orphan Tiffany.

–IDIOTS & ANGELS (Bill Plympton — US): Dark comedy about a man’s battle for his soul.

–NOCTURNA (Adria Garcia, Victor Maldonado — Spain, France): Tim’s fear has given birth to a menacing monster whose only goal is to wipe out all sources of light.
–PEUR(S) DU NOIR (Christian Hincker (Dit Blutch), Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard Mcguire — France): Six creators have breathed life into their nightmares, bleeding away colour to retain the starkness of light and the pitch black of shadows. Their intertwined stories make up an epic, where phobias, disgust and nightmares come to life and reveal Fear at its most naked and intense.

–PIANO NO MORI (Masayuki KOJIMA — Japan): A tale of two talented youngsters from different backgrounds learning to play the piano. One is from a good family, the other, a street urchin, and subsequently they have only Mozart and Chopin in common.

–SITA SINGS THE BLUES (Nina Paley — US): The musical adaptation of the Indian epic RAMAYANA.

–TOUS A L’OUEST, UNE AVENTURE DE LUCKY LUKE (Olivier Jean-Marie — France): New York, 1855. The Daltons are on the run, having held up all the banks in town, but just before Lucky Luke arrests them, they stash the cash in a wagon of a caravan of pioneers. The pioneers have 80 days to get back to California, accompanied by Lucky Luke, who’s taking the Daltons back to jail, whilst all the brothers think about is getting their loot back.

Annecy 2008 will be held June 9-14, 2008 in France

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