The technical and geographical diversity of animated cinema are contemplated in the July vacation program
By Fabio Rubira
To celebrate the tenth edition of its Animation Showcase, running until August 6, Cinema da USP (Cinusp) presents a program that values the history of animation and its development as an art. There are 14 feature films ranging from stop-motion and collage to 3D animation. There is also a session of national short films in partnership with the Associação Brasileira de Cinema de Animação (ABCA).
Historical highlights include “O Romance de Renard“, the sixth animated feature film to be released worldwide in 1937. The story with medieval fables provided a vast visual legacy.
The 1976 Italian “Music and Fantasy” plays with American cinematic standards in its satire of the film “Fantasia”, produced by Disney before the middle of that century.
The anime genre continues to be represented with two major hits with audiences and critics. “Padrinhos de Tóquio” discusses loneliness, anguish and social exclusion from the story of three characters on Christmas Eve. “Your Name“, by Makoto Shinkai, addresses the connection between two young people who do not know each other and, with completely different lives, wake up in each other’s bodies.
Among the Brazilian animations, “Tromba Trem“, based on the TV series of the same name, with the trajectory of Gajah, an elephant with no memory suspected of a series of mysterious crimes. “Boi Aruá“, by Francisco Liberato, represents the northeastern hinterland with the typical visual characteristics of cordel literature and engraving art. The characters of the cartoonist Laerte Coutinho inspire “The City of Pirates””A Cidade dos Piratas“, by Otto Guerra.
Six more recent national short films, such as “Guida” and “Tamo Junto”, will be presented on July 26, at 7 pm, in partnership with the Associação Brasileira de Cinema de Animação. Directors Rosana Urbes and Pedro Conti, respectively, will participate in a debate after the screening.
The traditional “battle” will also be held, with a vote on social media between two popular animations from the 2000s, “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda”, produced from computer graphics. The winning film will be shown on August 4 at 7pm.
The sessions of the 10ª Mostra de Animação are free and open to the general public.
The screenings are made from Monday to Friday, at 4 and 7 pm, in the new room at the Centro Cultural Camargo Guarnieri,, on the Butantã campus of USP, on the west side. And on Saturdays and Sundays, at 4 and 6 pm, at the Centro Maria Antonia, in Vila Buarque, central region of the capital.
The complete daily schedule can be found at www.usp.br/cinusp.
Translated by: Lara Yoshime Shizuko Fukushima