The International Film Festival of Animation in Catalonia celebrated its 18th birthday by presenting 235 pieces under the leitmotif of ‘hybrid’. The mix of real images and animation was the main theme in the 2014 edition. The presence of two special guests, British animator Chris Shepherd and Czech stop-motion animation master Jiří Barta, was the high point of the current edition. Along with a retrospective session included the projection of pioneer works such as Walt Disney’s Alice’s Wonderland (1923). Michel Gondry’s latest feature film, L’écume des jours (2013) –known internationally as Moon Indigo– was the icing on the cake. The festival took place in Lleida during four days and has showed projections, conferences, workshops, networking and live music at the three venues: the Llotja, CaixaForum Lleida and the Cafè del Teatre.
Animac 2014 has offered a selection of the most recent international animation, 235 works including films, short films, television and internet pieces. There were four official sessions of short films, sessions of hybrid animation films, two sessions of Future Talent, four sessions dedicated to Polish animation, Petit Animac sessions targeted at children and family audience and a selection of commercial productions of television animation.
In a classic session Walt Disney’s first attempts of integrating live-action and traditional animation was shown with Alice’s Wonderland (1923), and other pieces starring Lewis Carroll’s emblematic character. Spectators could also watch the short slapstick films of Charley Bower, one of the most original visual creators of his time.
Michel Gondry, one of the most original animation directors
On Saturday evening Michel Gondry’s latest film, L’écume des jours (The Foam of the Day, known internationally as Moon Indigo) was projected in the Llotja venue. Starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh, the film is an adaptation of the surrealistic novel by Boris Vian. Gondry uses different animation techniques and absurd architectures integrated in real image, a trademark of the French author.