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Animation

Animation

The collection features wide-ranging animation styles from diverse animators from around the world. From the masters of stop motion, Jan Svankmajer and Kihachioro Kawamoto, to our collection of Oscar-Winning Animated Shorts from the National Film Board of Canada, OVID's animation collection examines a broad range of subjects from atrocities in the Belgian Congo (THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE, directed by Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef of Netflix's THE HOUSE) to life in a senior living community (Ignacio Ferreras' WRINKLES), to a clever rendering of the history of modern art (Dan Franck's The Adventurers of Modern Art).

Other highlights include Jan Svankmajer's FAUST and ALICE. In both, the legendary surrealist of cinema retells these classic stories through a frightening mix of live-action footage, stop-motion animation, puppetry, and claymation. We also feature Aurel's 2020 animated biographical film JOSEP. Winner Best Animated Film, both the César and the European Film Awards, JOSEP takes a strikingly original, almost painterly approach to the story of Josep Bartolí. The renowned Catalan artist fought Franco in the Spanish Civil War and later went into exile in Mexico to become Frida Kahlo's lover. We know you'll enjoy this survey of world-class animation gems.

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  • Sita Sings the Blues

    Directed by Nina Paley • Animation • 2008 • 82 minutes

    Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully ...

  • The Rabbi's Cat

    Directed by Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux • Animation • With Mathieu Amalric, Hafsia Herzi, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino • 2011 • 80 minutes

    Set in Algeria in the 1930s, THE RABBI'S CAT adapts Joann Sfar's best-selling graphic tale of a sharp-tongued feline philosopher. When a cat belonging...

  • Aya of Yop City

    Directed by Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie • Animation • With Aissa Maiga, Eriq Ebouaney, Jacky Ido, Pascal N'Zonzi, Jean-Baptiste Anoumon • 2012 • 88 minutes

    Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, AYA OF YOP CITY is a spirited and hilarious adaptation of the best...

  • Tales of the Night

    Directed by Michel Ocelot • Animation • With Julien Béramis, Marine Griset, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie • 2011 • 84 minutes

    Every night, a girl, a boy and an elderly technician meet in a little cinema, sharing tales that capture their fancy. Together, they act out magnificent fables from arou...

  • A Town Called Panic

    Directed by Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier • Animation • 2009 • 75 minutes

    Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A Town Called Panic has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. Based on the Belgian animated cult TV series (which was released...

  • Oscar-Winning Animated Shorts

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    A collection of Oscar-winning animated shorts from the National Film Board of Canada.

    Bob’s Birthday - Surprise birthday parties can be risky. Especially when the guest of honor is turning 40!

    The Danish Poet - This short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a ho...

  • Josep

    Directed by Aurel • Animation • 2021 • 74 minutes

    During the Spanish civil war, Republican fighters fleeing Franco's dictatorship are imprisoned in concentration camps once they arrive in France. Forced to live in appalling conditions, these refugees barely have access to hygiene, water and food...

  • Wrinkles

    Directed by Ignacio Ferreras • Animation • With Tacho Gonzalez, Álvaro Guevara, Mabel Rivera • 2014 • 90 minutes

    A wonderfully animated and poignant comedy for adults. The story opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily ...

  • The Girl With The Rivet Gun

    Directed by Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly • Documentary • 2021 • 15 minutes

    Built entirely by women filmmakers, THE GIRL WITH THE RIVET GUN is an unconventional animated documentary short based on the adventures of three real-life 'Rosie the Riveters' - Esther Horne, Susan Taylor King and Mildred ...

  • Faust

    Directed by Jan Svankmajer • Documentary • With Petr Cepek
    Jan Kraus
    Vladimír Kudla
    Antonin Zacpal
    Jirí Suchý • 1994 • 97 minutes

    Jan Svankmajer’s Faust is a rendering of the infamous Dr. Faustus fable of temptation and damnation. Borrowing freely from both Marlowe and Goethe and ancient folktal...

  • This Magnificent Cake!

    Directed by Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef • Animation • With Gaston Motambo, Jan Decleir, Wilm Willaert • 2018 • 44 minutes

    In the late 19th century, keen to compete with other European imperial powers on the continent, King Leopold II of Belgium proclaimed, “I do not want to miss a good chanc...

  • The Adventurers of Modern Art (series)

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    Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and ...

  • Animated Shorts

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  • The Girl Without Hands

    Directed by Sébastian Laudenbach • Animation • With Anaïs Demoustier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach, Sacha Bourdo, Olivier Broche, Françoise Lebrun • 2016 • 76 minutes

    In this audacious feature debut, acclaimed short filmmaker Sébastien Laudenbach renders a classic Brothers Grimm story wit...

  • Louise By the Shore

    Directed by Jean-Francois Laguionie • Animation • With Rance Castel • 2016 • 75 minutes

    On the last day of summer in a small seaside resort town, an older woman named Louise realizes that the last train has departed without her. She finds herself alone in the town, abandoned by everyone. As the ...

  • Artists and Love (2 Seasons)

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    From Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, ARTISTS & LOVE delves into the tumultuous romantic and creative partnerships that shaped some of the towering figures of modern art. Over the course of two seasons, directors Stéphanie Colaux and Delphine Deloget chronicl...

  • Marx for Beginners

    Directed by Bob Godfrey • Animation • 1978 • 6 minutes

    How many people have actually read the work of Karl Marx? Based on the book by the Mexican cartoonist Rius, MARX FOR BEGINNERS is a hilarious animated film that highlights Marx's most influential ideas, and places them into the context of we...

  • Tatsumi

    Directed by Eric Khoo • Animation • 2014 • 98 minutes

    TATSUMI celebrates the life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi-a manga pioneer who elevated the genre to a new level of creative expression and adult realism. A comics-crazed teenager, Tatsumi began to get published and was ...

  • The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto

    Directed by Kihachiro Kawamoto • Documentary • 2014 • 99 minutes

    Kimstim is proud to present this collection of short films from one of the world's greatest stop-motion animators: Kihachiro Kawamoto. Famous for his beautiful, expressive puppets, Kawamoto began his career in the 1950s. Honing his...

  • Alice

    Directed by Jan Švankmajer • Animation • 1989 • 84 minutes

    When Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, so begins this dream expedition into the astonishing landscape of childhood, through many dangerous adventures, and ultimately to Alice's trial before the King and Queen of Hearts.

    Cz...

  • The Book of the Dead

    Directed by Kihachiro Kawamoto • Animation • 2014 • 70 minutes

    Master animator Kihachiro Kawamoto's tour de force adventure tale of a young noble girl in 8th-century Japan who leaves her home to follow the apparition of an executed prince in this ravishing film of beauty and mysticism.

    As Buddh...

  • Alois Nebel

    Directed by Tomas Lunak • Animation • 2014 • 84 minutes

    It is the end of summer, 1989. Alois Nebel works as a train dispatcher at a small railway station in the Sudetenland, a mountainous region on the Czechoslovak border. He is a loner who prefers old timetables to people, and he finds the lone...

  • Your Name in Cellulite

    Directed by Gail Noonan • Animation • 1995 • 6 minutes

    A wickedly funny satire about the disparity between a woman's natural beauty and the ideal promoted by the mega-billion dollar advertising industry, this animated film shows us how far we will go to change the shape of our bodies to meet the...