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Shorts 9: Daydreams (Family-Friendly Animation)

  Various

  Belgium, Brazil, France, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, United States 70 minutes

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Synopsis

Outrageous animals, sentimental memories, and mysterious creatures are featured in this program of animated films. From stop-motion wonders to handdrawn oddities, this collection is hilarious, sentimental, and sweet. Featuring works by Taylor Meacham, Benoit Chieux, Gil Alkabetz, Helena Hilario and Mario Pece, Atsushi Wada, Cristina Vilches Estella and Paloma Canonica, Marjolaine Perreten, and Aline Höchli.

To: Gerard (U.S.) tells the heartfelt story about the art of illusion and the magic of inspiring someone to follow their dreams. Excited to share a sweet treat with a friend, Anna must first pass through a spooky forest supposedly haunted by a bearded giant in Melting Heart Cake (France). On One Stormy Night (Germany), a fire burning in the hearth falls in love with a lightning bolt and goes on an adventure to find it. Inspired by true events, Umbrella (Brazil) tells the story of Joseph, a boy whose only dream is to have a yellow umbrella. A man and his dog show off their hilarious exercise routine in My Exercise (Japan). Souvenir (Spain) uses beautiful stop-motion animation to tell the story of a father, daughter, and an extraordinary journey through their memories. Slugs are having a hard time keeping up with the pace of the city insects. When the stock market hits rock bottom, the bees see only one solution in Why Slugs Have No Legs (Switzerland). The Last Day of Autumn (Switzerland/Belgium/France) finds all of the animals of the forest gathering together for a great bicycle race as winter slowly approaches.

 English, French with subtitles 

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