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Au-delà de l'animation 2016 ("Outer Limits of Animation 2016")

Every year, Fantasia presents its programme selecting some of the year’s very best animated short films from around the world. OUTER LIMITS OF ANIMATION opens the door to a unique journey, from childhood's discoveries to the insights of adulthood. This year, we have the Canadian premieres of ACCIDENTS, BLUNDERS AND CALAMITIES, an anthropophobic alphabet of dreadful demise by Australia’s James Cunningham, and JUNCTION (Canada/Australia/Lithuania), a marvelous, mythic make-believe land from the mind of Nathan Jurevicius. Sacha Feiner’s DERNIÈRE PORTE AU SUD, a Belgian-French co-production, looks at isolation through an innocent eye. Brazil’s Alois Di Leo delights with his lush and poetic Amazonian fable WAY OF GIANTS (Canadian premiere). CLOUDS, by Canada’s Diego Maclean, is a subtle yet striking parable (Canadian premiere). OUTER LIMITS regular Lei Lei offers BOOKS ON BOOKS, an abstract waltz of paper, patterns, pictures and printed words. Making its North American premiere is THE ANIMAL BOOK, by South Korea’s Cho Hyun-a and Kim Su-jeong — laughs give way to sobering reflection as this simple yet potent piece of work brings its point home.

France has three distinctive works on the menu this year. UN PLAN D’ENFER, by PHANTOM BOY creators Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, follows the trail of a less-than-perfect crime (Canadian premiere). LE BRUIT DU GRIS, by Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier, dials up the delirium with our friends Cheval, Cowboy and Indien (Canadian premiere). In Donato Sansone’s JOURNAL ANIMÉ (North American premiere), irreverent and increasingly outraged newspaper doodles come to life. Another of our regulars is Hong Kong resident Faiyaz Jafri, this year presenting THIS AIN’T DISNEYLAND, melting together Walt’s Magic Kingdom and the events of 9/11. Poland’s Tomek Ducki swims between reality and fantasy with LAZNIA (BATHS). From England, Ainslie Henderson’s stop-motion STEMS sees an assortment of detritus literally comes together as a genial little jam band. And finally after a few years’ absence, Fantasia regular Bill Plympton (USA) returns with THE LONELIEST STOPLIGHT, a good-natured little riff narrated by Patton Oswalt.

For complete details on the films in this program, go here.

— Marc Lamothe

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