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Annecy: Director Gustavo Steinberg on Brazil’s ‘Tito and the Birds’

12 June 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy, France — Brazilian animated feature “Tito and the Birds” has recently reached its initial financing goal after winning one of two prizes for animation from the Brazilian National Bank of Development (Bndes), with the other going to Oscar-nominated director of “Boy and the World,” Ale Abreu, and Luiz Bolognesi, co-director on “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury.”

Featuring at this year’s Annecy Works in Progress after a productive campaign last month at Cannes, where it was showcased in Annecy Goes to Cannes, the film’s creators, Bits Productions, will look to keep the Brazilian cartoon mojo going, following in the footsteps of their fellow prize winners.

For Bits, it will be its first animated project, making the move from live-action TV and cinema. Organizers of Brazil’s Big Festival, the largest indie gaming fest in Latin America, there are also plans for a “Tito and the Birds” video game. »

- Jamie Lang

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Annecy Goes to Cannes Highlights ‘Nimuendajú,‘ ‘Pajamas,’ ‘Mice’

2 May 2017 3:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barcelona– The Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival will bring five features in production, pre-production or development stage under the “Goes to Cannes” umbrella, a selection of works-in-progress movies targeting features looking for sales agents, distributors or festivals pick-ups.

Productions’ producers will have the chance to report on their progress and will offer exclusive sneaks previews, trailers or concept art.

Sourced from Annecy’s International Animation Film Market (Mifa). the five productions are: “Even Mice Belong in Heaven,” “Nuna: The Last Myth of the Wamani,” “Nimuendajú,” “Tito and the Birds” and “Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas.” Two are Brazilian, one from Spain, Peru and Czech Republic, the last in co-production with France and Germany.

Directed by Carlos Fernández de Vigo, “Pajamas” is an awaited romantic comedy based on comic-books and a screenplay from Spain’s Paco Roca. Based out of Moonbite Games, Fernández produces with Jordi Mendieta and Ángel de la Cruz »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Top Five Films That Influenced Change

24 February 2017 2:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I Daniel Blake

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake (releasing on DVD and Blu-ray 27th February) lays bare the cruel realities for those who fall through the cracks of society. With the film resulting in much topical debate, we take a look at five films that have influenced change following its release to screen:      


In the 1966 original (not the remake), Julia Foster’s character Gilda undergoes a harrowing abortion – carried out in a back room in Alfie’s (Michael Caine) flat. At the time, abortion was illegal in the UK, and the procedure is seen to be carried out by a “back-street” abortionist.

“Backstreet abortions” were outlawed in the UK with the introduction of the 1967 Abortion Act. Although not openly stated, Alfie’s conscience when he saw the results of a botched operation is arguably a contributor to this, as – coincidentally – the film released months before the law began to change. »

- The Hollywood News

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