All Competition Categories Complete
To the 120 competition films from short film categories which we published recently, we now add ten feature films. The films to compete in the category for children include The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey, director of the famous Irish studio Cartoon Saloon. Her film was nominated not only for a Golden Globe, but also for an Oscar. Linda Hambäck from Sweden, who is known predominantly as a short film producer, will compete with her film Gordon and Paddy, which competed also in the Kplus section of the last Berlinale. Benjamin Renner, who is famous for his film Ernest & Celestine, will compete for our award with his latest film The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le Grand Méchant Renard at autres contes). We have also something in store for our zombie-loving children visitors, at Anifilm, they will have a chance to see the French-Belgian co-production Zombillenium. The last of our five competition films is a story of a dog lost in space, Laika, by the Czech director Aurel Klimt. It is the only puppet-film in the competition of feature films.
Also the competition category of feature films for grown-ups will surely bring a tough fight. You can look forward to two Iranian films. Release from Heaven was made by Ali Noori Oskouei using a combination of 2D and 3D animation. The second film about Iran, provocative Tehran Taboo, was made outside of Iran as a German-Austrian co-production and its director Ali Soozandeh used rotoscopy. From Italy, our selection committee has chosen an interesting variation on the story of Cinderella. Cinderella the Cat was directed by four directors, but its style is attributed mainly to Allesandro Rak, winner of the 2013 European Film Award for his L’arte della felicitá (The Art of Happines). Fourth film in the selection is an independent Korean film called I’ll Just Live in Bando by young director Yongsun Lee. The competition selection also includes the hand-painted Vincent van Gogh biographical drama Loving Vincent made in a Polish-British co-production and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.