The day opened with a surprisingly sold out screening of SHORTS ONE. Who would have thought an 11am screening on a Sunday would pack them in but they did. I'll be reviewing all the films but I wanted to point out a couple of films that make the collection a must see-
ZOO STORY is about a young girl who becomes fascinated with a gorilla. I loved it, especially since the girl gives the gorilla a copy of Tarzan to read. I also loved TWO FRIENDS, as did most of the audience until the denouncement which caused rumblings through the auditorium.
|Rawan Rahim the director of the incredible LILOU|
After the shorts I booked to get lunch and came back for SHORTS TWO. Its a another winning collection. I sat next to the director of LILOU Rawan Rahim during the screening. In our brief chat she was absolutely wonderful. I will wax poetic when I do full reviews but you have to see her film. Its AMAZING. The delicate line work and images are beyond words. Stills do not do the animation justice. I want her to do a feature. I really do.
I also loved STEM a documentary about the brief lives of animation puppets. And I have to mention TWO LEFT FEET which has one of the best denouncements and flips I've seen in a long time. Its beautiful as what you think is cringe worthy moment is revealed to be something else.
|Festival Director Nina Gurlnick and LILOU director Rawan Rahim|
|Nina Gurlnick gets everyone to stand for t-shirts before BEYOND BEYOND|
The third screening was BEYOND BEYOND a Danish film about a boy whose mother was carried off by the Feather King. He ends up on a quest to rescue her. The kids around me loved it. I and many of the adults around me got lost in the darkness of the tale (its an allegory about death). I have a great deal to say about it so a full review is coming.
|The slide for APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD|
The final film of the day was APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (though the onscreen subtitle said the "Twisted World"). Set in an alternate world where the steam age never ended and France is at war with the US for its forests, the plot concerns the disappearance of scientists and the titled April, who's parents go missing and her years long quest to find them. Its a grand adventure that gets better the longer it goes. Again this is one I have a great deal to talk about so a full review is in order.
After 8 hours in the trenches I headed home.
Look for reviews all week. More reports next weekend and click on the NYICFF 2016 tag to see everything we've reviewed or reported.