Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart to open TAAFI [fr]
The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), celebrating the best of animation arts from around the world, is back for its third year from June 13-16 at Corus Quay and George Brown Waterfront Campus.
This year’s Festival programming includes two full-length animated films and eight shorts from France.
The Canadian Premiere of the feature film Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart will follow the Opening Night ceremony on Friday, June 13th at 7pm.
Edinburgh, 1874. Jack is born on the coldest day the world has ever seen and his heart remains frozen. Doctor Madeleine saves him by replacing his defective heart with a mechanical clock. He will survive with this magical contraption so long as he respects three rules: he must never touch the hands; he must control his anger; he must never, ever fall in love. His encounter with Miss Acacia, a little street singer, makes the clock’s hands turn more quickly. Jack is prepared to do anything to find her again and so, like a Don Quichotte, he sets out on a quest for love that will take him from the Scottish lochs to Paris, and from there to Andalusia.
This year’s diverse line-up of feature films includes Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? from director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who applies his playful imagination to animating a series of conversations with the esteemed linguist, philosopher, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky.
Every year TAAFI selects the best-animated shorts from across the globe to screen at the Festival. France will be well represented once again with two shorts including the Oscar winning animated short Mr. Hublot by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares (Staight Up Toons short program). LSD ABC by François Grumelin-Sohn and Laura Sicouri will be screened as part of the short program Hilariously Strange & Incredibly Dark.
Six student shorts from France will be presented as part of the Student shorts program, the future of French animation is assured!
Chili con carne by Philippe Rolland (Ecole Emile Cohl), Floating in my mind by Hélène Leroux (Les Gobelins), Le Roi Des Oiseaux by Coline Benacchio (Ecole Emile Cohl), Lwas by Mathilde Vachet (Ecole Emile Cohl), Meet Meat by Eve Guastella, Maël Jaouen, Christine Shin, Juliaon Roels, David Martins da Silva (Les Gobelins)
For full programming details and additional information visit TAAFI.