Starts Monday the 40th Edition of CINANIMA – International Animation Film Festival of Espinho. 50 different programs for professionals, amateurs and animation film fans of all ages to celebrate four decades of the country’s oldest Festival and the third oldest of its kind in the world.
Among competitive sessions, with 76 films in competition, retrospectives, 40 years special programs, Aardman Animations studios and Portuguese studios ANILUPA, ANIMALS and ANIMANOSTRA anniversaries, workshops, masterclasses by the biggest names in the world of animation film as Ron Diamond , Jossie Malis or Portuguese Regina Pessoa, exhibitions and much more, there are offers for all in this 40th CINANIMA. It begins on the 7th of November and extends until the 13th, Sunday, passing by Centro Multimeios de Espinho, Fórum de Arte e Cultura de Espinho, Municipal Library José Marmelo e Silva, and several institutions of higher education.
During the day, there are sessions for schools and the projection of winning films in 2015 edition, in addition to the winners of this year Cartoon D’Or award for the best European Short film.
Justice for “Heroic Times”
Inserted in the evocative anniversary program, “40 years, 40 films”, a selection of a film for each year of the Festival, the Hungarian feature film “Heroic Times” by József Gémes, an adaptation of the epic poem of the nineteenth century, Toldi Trilogia, inspired by the legend of Miklós Toldi, one of the main heroes of the Hungarian folklore, will be screened at 6 p.m. at Sala António Gaio, in Centro Multimeios de Espinho.
This is a film that marks the memory of many in CINANIMA 1983 that hailed its quality and felt disappointed by the Festival Jury that has just awarded it with an honorable mention. Thirty-three years later, the organization of CINANIMA restores justice and gives this feature film the deserved prominence.
Masterpiece at the official opening
Cinanima’s official opening session happens in the same place at 9.30 p.m., but it is open only to guests. Festival is pleased to offer the projection of the latest film from acclaimed French director Jean François Laguionie, “Louise en hiver,” whose debut happened at Annecy Film Festival. This is an intimate film – the most intimate of his career, according to the director – and delicate about loneliness and the passage of time, in which the thoughts, memories and protagonist’s dreams come to life.
Then there is an entire animation film week that wants to live up to the best that has been done in this area over the past 40 years around the world, but already with one foot in the future.