Feature Films

Alfie, the Little Werewolf

Joram Lürsen Netherlands 2012 98min

ORIGINAL TITLE: Dolfje Weerwolfje

LANGUAGE: Dutch with English subtitles

PRECEDED BY: Kali le petit Vampire

When the full moon rises on the night of his seventh birthday, strange things begin to happen to shy little Alfie: he suddenly grows sharp claws and white fuzzy hair, and begins to howl at the moon. Alfie soon realizes he is no longer a regular kid — he has turned into a werewolf! Only his brother Timmie knows, but with Alfie attacking his neighbour’s chickens and biting a bully in the leg, it won’t be long until his secret is revealed. Alfie just wants to be an ordinary boy again, but with the help of his loving family and a mysterious, hairy stranger, he may learn that what makes each person different is also what makes them special. The film is based on a series of popular children's books by Dutch author Paul Van Loon.

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Themes: celebrating differences, recognizing talents, growing up, feeling alone, bullying

Content Advisory: minimal comedic violence, unseen animal death (eaten), biting

Rating: PG ( Violence)

Recommended for ages 8 to adult

Awards:
Awarded European Children’s Film Award at the 17th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience in Schlingel, Germany

Following the film,  you are invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cutouts will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

This workshop is offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program, in French or English.

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Joram Lürsen studied film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. His graduation film De Finales (1990) won multiple awards including a Mention DE Qualite at the Césars ( the French Oscars). His credits as a director include several TV series and films including Alles Is Liefde.

Ernest & Célestine

Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner - France, Belgium, Luxembourg 2012 79min

ORIGINAL TITLE: Ernest et Célestine

LANGUAGE: French with English subtitles

PRECEDED BY: The Fox and the Chickadee

R2R is thrilled to present this extraordinary new film from the producers of Kirikou and the Sorceress, Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells. 

"Based on the popular children’s books by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent, this ex-quisitely crafted animated film tells the tale of an unlikely friendship that spans worlds and species, and recreates the picture books’ lush and expressive watercolour illustrations.

"Spirited, orphaned young mouse Celestine must reluctantly put aside her budding artistic inclinations to devote herself to her training as a dentist. She longs to experience something besides the humdrum work of denture fittings and teeth cleanings. Meanwhile, far above the subterranean world of the mice is the parallel world of the bears. Ernest, a reclusive and curmudgeonly musician-poet, lives in a secluded woodland cottage, only venturing out when his growling stomach forces him into town to find his next meal. It is well-known that mice and bears are never to mingle, so when the two unexpectedly cross paths and form an unlikely but inseparable friendship, it naturally incites the disapproval of their respective town elders. Will Ernest and Celestine’s unshakable bond be powerful enough to topple the long-standing barriers between their two worlds?

"The enchanting voice work of Lambert Wilson as the grumpy but affable Ernest and Pauline Brunner as the tenacious Celestine brings the characters to vivid life, and breathes a rich emotional tone into this tale that makes it sparkle with wit and charm. An epic adventure, full of friendship, gentle humour, suspense, and celebration of self-expression — and bouncing with the rhythms of a lively jazz soundtrack —Ernest & Celestine is destined to be a classic."   - Elizabeth Muskala (TIFF)

The film was selected to be screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as part of the TIFF Kids programme at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, at the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival and many moe festivals around the world. The film will be released in the United States in 2013.

Themes: peer pressure, labeling, tolerance, gender inequality, misuse of authority, friendship, creativity

Rating: G

Recommended for ages 8 to adult (French speakers 6+)

This film is offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program.

Following the Saturday, April 13, screening, you are invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cutouts will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

Ernest et Célestine

Les organisateurs du festival R2R sont heureux de présenter ce nouveau film des producteurs de Kirikou et la sorcière, Les triplettes de Belleville et Brendan et le secret de Kells.

Dans le monde conventionnel des ours, il est mal vu de se lier d’amitié avec une souris. Et pourtant, Ernest, gros ours marginal, clown et musicien, va accueillir chez lui la petite Célestine, une orpheline qui a fui le monde souterrain des rongeurs et dont le plus grand rêve est de dessiner, un jour, un ours. Ces deux marginaux solitaires vont se soutenir et se réconforter, et bousculer ainsi l’ordre établi des deux races.

Âge recommandé: à partir de 6 ans

Basé sur l’œuvre de l’écrivaine belge Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest et Célestine est le premier long-métrage du jeune réalisateur Benjamin Renner dont le film de fin d’études a reçu de nombreux prix. Ses co-réalisateurs, Stéphane Aubier et Vincent Patar, mieux connus sous le pseudo des "Pic Pic," jouissent d'une renommée publique et critique dans le monde de l'animation. Leur film à succès : "Panique au village."

Avec les voix de Lambert Wilson, Anne-Marie Loop et Pauline Brunner.

« Un ravissement de bout en bout » / Le Monde

« Un enchantement » / rue89.com

« Un joyau du cinéma d’animation français » / lejdd.fr

« En noircissant le ton de départ – les grands méchants ours mangent les souris de toute éternité –, Daniel Pennac tricote un scénario insolent, iconoclaste et inventif. Au final, en 2D sans être plat, tendre sans être mièvre, moral sans être édifiant, le conte est bon. Les bambins seront ravis et, miracle, leurs parents aussi ! »  / Isabelle Danel, Première

Thèmes clés: la pression du groupe, la stigmatisation, l'inégalité des sexes, la tolérance, l'abus de pouvoir, l'amitié, la créativité

Après la présentation du samedi 13 avril, on vous invite à participer à l’installation des Mere Phantoms dans le hall d’entrée du cinéma Vancity. Venez travailler avec des ombres chinoises en 3D, des silhouettes en papier et même l’ombre de votre propre corps! Conçu pour les jeunes de tous les âges, cette installation interactive invite le public à participer à la création d’aventures spatiales en manipulant ombre et lumière. Des découpages de papier seront suspendus dans le hall d'entrée du cinéma. Les artistes de Mere Phantoms démontreront leur technique de découpage et appuieront les participants dans la conception et la réalisation de l’installation. Ensuite, regardez la création collective évoluer au cours du week-end!

Interview with the directors (in French with English subtitles)

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Co-Directors Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier pictured above. Stéphane Aubier has produced several animated shorts with Vincent Patar, including the Pic Pic André Shoow trilogy (95–99), UFO boven Geel (99), Rupture (00) and the feature A Town Called Panic (09). Ernest & Celestine is his latest feature. Director Benjamin Renner (not pictured) previously directed the short A Mouse's Tale (08). Ernest & Celestine (12) is his first feature.

Gattu

Rajan Khosa India 2011 79min

LANGUAGE: Hindi with English Subtitles

Subtitles will be read aloud by an experienced reader on Sunday, April 14

Gattu is an orphan who works at his guardian's scrap yard in a small Indian town. Though he's small in stature, Gattu has big ambitions - namely, defeating the mysterious black kite Kali, which dominates the sky above his kite-obsessed community. Needing to reach higher ground so that his kite can go head-to-head with Kali, Gattu impersonates a student at the local school so that he can gain access to its rooftop. Yet Gattu's determination to take down Kali will lead him to make other discoveries, to find new friends, and realize that what happens in the classroom can be just as wondrous as anything happening in the skies.  

Themes: poverty, hardship, literacy, ambition, inventiveness, education

Content Advisory: threats of physical violence, instances of an adult slapping a child

Rating: G ( Violence)

Recommended for ages 7 to adult

Awards:

Audience Award and Honorable Mention Award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012
Special mention under Best Film category , Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Following the Saturday, April 13, screening, you are invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cutouts will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

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Rajan Khosa is an Indian writer-director-producer who has worked between the UK, Europe and India for the last decade. His most noted film, Dance of the Wind (1997),starring Kitu Gidwani in the lead role, won many national and International film awards, including Audience Award London Film Festival 1997 and Best Director British Asian Film Festival 1998.His latest film Gattu, won accolade at Berlinale and was named Best film at New York Indian Film Festival 2012.

Kauwboy

Boudewijn Koole Netherlands 2012 81min

LANGUAGE: Dutch with English Subtitles

Kauwboy is a tender portrait of a boy struggling to come to terms with a family that’s not what it once was. With his country-singer mother absent, Jojo lives alone with his security guard father, a man of few words, who is quick to anger and has seemingly no affection for his 10-year-old son. Left to his own devices, Jojo finds an abandoned baby crow in the woods near their house – and finds solace in caring for this small creature, who is even more alone and vulnerable than he is.

Themes: caring for nature, father/son relationship, neglect, grief

Content Advisory: There are scenes depicting a father hitting his son.

Rating: PG (Violence)

Recommended for ages 12 to adult

Awards:
Best First Feature award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival
Selected as the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.
European Film Award Young Audience Award
European Film Discovery Award - Prix Fipresci

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Moon Man

Stephan Schesch - Ireland, France, Germany, 2012 92min

LANGUAGE: English

PRECEDED BY: The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk

If only Moon Man knew just how much children loved him. But he's not even remotely aware, he's just sitting on the moon, bored stiff, in his lonely silver sphere. One night, a shooting star appears, whizzing through outer space towards the moon. Moon Man seizes his chance, grabs the speeding comet by the tail, and hitches a ride to earth. Earth's arrogant president regards this as "an attack from outer space." He is absolutely furious. He has only just conquered the last speck of earth, and defeated all his enemies. Now aliens from another planet are attacking his dominion. The only traces they find of the intruder are silvery footprints near the edge of the crater’s impact. Meanwhile, the world's children are unable to sleep without seeing the Moon Man in the night sky, leading him to seek help from a kindly scientist who lives in a castle by the sea full of charming Rube Goldberg-like devices. While escaping the president and his soldiers, Moon Man sets off on a long journey, where he marvels at the many wonders the earth has to offer and realizes how much children love and need him.

Based on the bestselling book by Tomi Ungerer, the film's well-chosen moon tunes include Louis Armstrong’s Moon River. Moon Man is co-produced by Le Pacte and the Oscar-nominated Irish production company Cartoon Saloon, responsible forThe Secret of Kells (R2R, 2009). The animation - by Irish animators Fabian Erlinghauser (The Secret Of Kells), Sean McCarron (Song Of The Sea) and Marie Thorhauge (Old Fangs) – is impressively true to Ungerer’s style.

Themes: lonliness, adventure, difference, understanding and acceptance

Rating: TBA

Recommended for ages 7 to adult

Moon Man is also our Opening Night Gala. Following the film Gala presentation the audience is invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cut-outs and giant projection screens will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

This film is also offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program.

Stephan Schesch was born in Munich, studied at Munich Academy of Film, and began his career as a writer for television. He decided to specialize in animation during an internship at Film Roman (The Simpsons) in 1995. He has produced animated television series and feature films, including Hood (2001), The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005) and The Three Robbers (R2R, 2007). He has produced over a dozen animation films and television series, and headed the animation studios Odeon, Ellipse and Animation X. Moon Man is his feature directorial debut.

Moon Man - Opening Night Gala

Stephan Schesch Ireland, France, Germany 2012 92min

LANGUAGE: English

If only Moon Man knew just how much children loved him. But he's not even remotely aware, he's just sitting on the moon, bored stiff, in his lonely silver sphere. One night, a shooting star appears, whizzing through outer space towards the moon. Moon Man seizes his chance, grabs the speeding comet by the tail, and hitches a ride to earth. Earth's arrogant president regards this as "an attack from outer space." He is absolutely furious. He has only just conquered the last speck of earth, and defeated all his enemies. Now aliens from another planet are attacking his dominion. The only traces they find of the intruder are silvery footprints near the edge of the crater’s impact. Meanwhile, the world's children are unable to sleep without seeing the Moon Man in the night sky, leading him to seek help from a kindly scientist who lives in a castle by the sea full of charming Rube Goldberg-like devices. While escaping the president and his soldiers, Moon Man sets off on a long journey, where he marvels at the many wonders the earth has to offer and realizes how much children love and need him.

Based on the bestselling book by Tomi Ungerer, the film's well-chosen moon tunes include Louis Armstrong’s Moon River. Moon Man is co-produced by Le Pacte and the Oscar-nominated Irish production company Cartoon Saloon, responsible forThe Secret of Kells (R2R, 2009). The animation - by Irish animators Fabian Erlinghauser (The Secret Of Kells), Sean McCarron (Song Of The Sea) and Marie Thorhauge (Old Fangs) – is impressively true to Ungerer’s style.

Themes: loneliness, adventure, difference, understanding and acceptance

Rating: G

Recommended for ages 7 to adult

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Followed by R2R's Opening Night Party!


The celebration of all things lunar will continue with a reception in the Atrium. A special guest performance by local space-lovers Wintermitts and orbital shadow show by Montreal's Mere Phantoms

More surprises for the Opening Gala will be announced shortly. Check back closer to the festival.

 

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Stephan Schesch was born in Munich, studied at Munich Academy of Film, and began his career as a writer for television. He decided to specialize in animation during an internship at Film Roman (The Simpsons) in 1995. He has produced animated television series and feature films, including Hood (2001), The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005) and The Three Robbers (R2R, 2007). He has produced over a dozen animation films and television series, and headed the animation studios Odeon, Ellipse and Animation X. Moon Man is his feature directorial debut.

Start With Us

Abid Virani Canada 2011 44min

LANGUAGE: English and Sesotho

In Lesotho everybody is either infected with or affected by AIDS. This thoughtful documentary reveals a generation of young Africans determined to dream and to be free of the stigmas and disease. Lesotho is not a country begging to be saved, but a country determined to change its own situation. First time Director, Abid Virani follows the friendships developed by young Canadians and Basotho youth.

Rating: G (Coarse language)

Screens as part of the Youth Media Conference designed specifically for High School students. 

Director Abiv Virani will be in attendance.

Among Canada’s youngest and most accomplished inspirational speakers, Virani, 22, is a University of Guelph International Development student and cofounder/CEO of the charitable organization ‘I Have Hope in the Fight Against AIDS.’ Virani’s many accolades include, but are not limited to: the Rotary Youth Citizenship Award, Guelph Mercury’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, National TD Canada Trust Award of Merit for Outstanding Community Leadership, and the Canadian Top 20 Under 20 Award. Most recently, he was the youngest speaker at Tedx Guelph.

Thursday Till Sunday - Closing Night Film

Dominga Sotomayor Chile 2012 94min

ORIGINAL TITLE: De Jueves a Domingo

LANGUAGE: Spanish with English Subtitles

This brilliant first feature from Dominga Sotomayor represents a cinematic rarity: a road movie told from the vantage point of the backseat. On a four-day family car trip, young Lucía (the phenomenal Santi Ahumada) finds the monotony of the passing landscape counter-pointed by the rapidly changing relationship between her parents. While her younger brother remains blissfully unaware of the awkward silences, she’s keenly attuned to the tension in the air. Consequently, this supposed vacation offers few moments of youthful abandon. Even when allowed to ride atop the car, she can’t keep from glancing through the windshield and seeing her parents’ marriage unravelling a little more.

Themes: independence, freedom, security, family relationships, coming of age

Rating: PG (Sexually suggestive scene)

Recommended for ages 12 to adult
Followed by: Q&A with Director and cast via

Awards:
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012, Tiger Award
Indie Lisboa Film Festival 2012, Best Film
Granada Film Festival 2012, Best Film
New Horizons Film Festival 2012, Best Film
Transilvania Film Festival 2012, Best Cinematography

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Dominga Sotomayor (1985, Chile) finished her filmmaking studies in 2007 and created the production company Cinestación. She directed several short films which were awarded at film festivals worldwide. Her first feature film project, Thursday Till Sunday, was selected to participate in the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence 2010 and was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund. Her second feature will be developed in the Jerusalem International Film Lab and Binger Filmlab programmes. Cessna (2005, short), Noviembre (2007, short), Debajo/Under (2007, short), La montaña/The Mountain (2008, short), Videojuego/Videogame (2009, short), De jueves a domingo/Thursday Till Sunday (2012)

Wunderkinder

Marcus O. Rosenmüller Germany 2011 100min

LANGUAGE: German with English Subtitles

PRECEDED BY: Breaking Bread in the Holy Land

Set in 1941 during World War II in the Ukraine, the young and highly talented violinist Abrascha Kaplan and the no less gifted pianist Larissa Brodsky are celebrated as child prodigies of classical music. They play in all of Russia's great concert halls - before the party elite and even Stalin himself. Hanna, daughter of the German brewer Max Reich, is herself a talented violinist and wishes for nothing more than to be taught with the Russian "Wunderkinder." Larissa and Abrascha are reluctant to accept the German girl until their teacher Irina Salmonova consents to teach Hanna - and a close friendship develop between the children. But when Hitler unexpectedly invades Russia, their friendship is put to a hard test.

In the tradition of The Pianist, Life Is Beautiful and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Wunderkinder is a triumph of human resilience, compassionately exploring a dark era of history through the innocence of youth.

Themes: World War II, Anti-Semitism, prejudice, war, music, friendship, hardship

Mature content: violence, shooting, person shot, guns, death (seen and discussed)

Rating: PG (Violence)

Recommended for ages 12 to adult

This film is offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program.

Awards:
Audience Award Best Narrative Feature Atlanta 2012
Audience Award San Diego 2012, Golden Romy 2012 (Best Producer)
Audience Award L.A. Jewish Film Festival 2012
Audience Award Berkshire 2012
Audience Choice Award Stony Brook NY 2012
1st Prize Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival 2012

Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman's Award Jerusalem 2011
The Presidency of the Italian Senate Award, ECFA
Award & Percorsi Creativi CGS Award Giffoni 2011
Best Screenplay Buster Copenhagen 2011

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Marcus O. Rosenmüller was born in 1963 in Duisburg and studied Communications in Munich from 1983-1988. In addition to directing advertisements for companies such as Diners Club, Microsoft and Philip Morris, he has also directed some 120 music videos as well as numerous TV programs and TV program lead-ins. His other films include: Der Tote Taucher Im Wald (1999), Sperling Und Der Stomme Schrei (TV, 2002), Die Mandantin (TV, 2004), Einsatz In Hamburg: Todliches Spiel (TV, 2008), Bis An Die Grenze (TV, 2008), Heisse Spur (TV, 2008), Gottes Machtige Deienerin (TV 2-parter, 2009), Die Minensucherin (TV, 2010), DIE FLUT (TV, 2010), and Wunderkinder (2011).