Also this year the section dedicated to the animations is full of remarkable works, from seven different countries; at the beginning works by students and short films by already awarded animators.
Starting from Italy, RIFF is proud to project “Butterflies in Berlin – Diary of a Soul split in two”, a brilliant animation that focus on the story of a homosexual love during nazism. The director Monica Manganelli has already pictured the region of Emilia and its earthquake in “The ballad of the homeless”, short qualified for the Oscars 2016 after the Best Animation prize at the Los Angeles Short Film, also candidate, among five best, to the David di Donatello. At the same year film was a winner of the special Silver Ribbon Award. Going oversea to Canada, we find Chintis Lundgren’s “Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves”, the story of a transgressive couple of wolves, presented at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Returning to Europe, to be precise in Czechoslovakia, we have “Daughter” the beautiful stop-motion short by Daria Kashcheeva, who won her Nespresso Talent at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with her previous short, “To Accept”. “Daughter”, the story of a father and daughter, was presented this year in Toronto and awarded by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Oscar. Continuing with the stop-motions, we move to France with “Sororelle” by Frédéric Even and Louise Mercadier, and then to China with the black and white “Modern Babel” followed by the colorful belgian “# 21 XOXO”.
There are many others …