There was a diverse line-up in the official selection at this year’s International Animation Film Festival in the French city of Annecy, with 244 movies from 80 countries
It was jury member and Irish film producer Darragh O’Connell who announced that the Cristal award for best short film went to “Tram” by Michael Pavlatova.
The erotic short film by Oscar-nominated Czech director Michael Pavlatova, about the sexual fantasies of a female tram driver, also won praise from the International Federation of Film Critics.
Wolfgang Spindler, euronews: “What did your mother say when she saw the film?”
Michael Pavlatova: “Ahm, my mother would not like it but my grandmother would like it because she just loves everything around sex and relations and all this things around flirt so she would love it.”
Darragh O’Connell “The special mention we wanted to give to a film the jury was really impressed by the great storytelling, great lighting, packed with an emotional wallop..and that was “Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto” by Johan Oettinger.”
The animated puppet stop motion film is about an eight-year-old Jewish boy living in the Warsaw ghetto with his family during the Second World War.
Johan Oettinger: “Its about beeing a child and that a child’s spirit will always shine through, no matter what condition and no matter what terrible things are happening , the spirit and radiance of childhood will always shine through.”
Winner of Best Feature Film, “Crulic – the Path to Beyond” is the story of a 33-year-old Romanain who died on hunger strike in a Polish prison, protesting his innocence over charges of theft from a judge.
The jury’s special distinction award for a feature animation film went to Arrugas – “Wrinkles” by Ignacio Ferreras from Spain.
It was the film’s producer Manuel Crisobal who accepted the award at Annecy. Arrugas also won two Goya awards in February.
Based on a comic book by Paco Roca, the story takes place in a retirement home and revolves around the friendship between two men, one in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Manuel Crisobal: “It’s geat, we are very pleased by this special mention for our movie “Wrinkles” – I think its the first time a Spanish movie has got this award so we are very happy.”
Jury member and Belgian film director Stephane Aubier announced that Couleur de Peau: Miel – also known as “Approved for Adoption” won the public prize for an animated feature film. The film directors Jung and Laurent Boileau also won the UNICEF award for their movie.
This autobiographical animated documentary is about adoption and the search for identity.
Jung, who was adopted by Belgian parents, is pleased the subject will reach a wider audience.
Jung “We feel really good and I am very happy that the public has chosen to give this prize to a film about the mixing of cultures.”
Laurent Boileau: “It is good to have the public prize because that means they liked the film so hopefully it will have a long life in the cinema.”
A poignant moment during the closing ceremony; Canadian Marcel Jean will take over as festival director from Serge Bromberg, who has held the post for 14 years.
BONUS: More awards from the Annecy International Film Festival