The Annecy Experience: Film Showcase

by Tito W. James

Each year the Annecy International Animation Festival will showcase several animated films from around the world. This year the films will explore a wide variety of animation techniques. Period piece drama, supernatural romance, and mythological fantasy are just a few of the genres explored through these films.

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Following the scandal after the screening of “The Golden Age” in Paris in 1930, Luis Buñuel becomes completely depressed and penniless. A winning lottery ticket will change things and enable Buñuel to make the film “Land Without Bread”.

I Lost My Body

In Paris a young man’s cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one crucial goal: to return to its body. As it scrambles through the perilous streets of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to, up until he met Gabrielle.

The Swallows of Kabul

Summer 1998 – Kabul is under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.

Children Of The Sea

Ruka is a school girl who lives with her mother. She is passionate about handball, and on the first day of the holidays she is excluded from her team. Furious she decides to go and visit her father at the aquarium where he works. There she meets Umi, who appears to have a gift for communicating with marine animals. Ruka is fascinated. One evening supernatural events occur.

Ride Your Wave

Hinako, a girl who loves surfing, moves to a seaside town. During a fire, she is saved by Minato a firefighter. This meeting bears witness to an improbable fusion between two beings from opposing elements. But, Minato drowns while out surfing alone. When everyone else is trying to get over Minato’s death, Hinako hangs onto her friend’s spirit that reappears in the form of water.

White Snake

A young woman called Blanca, who’d lost her memory was saved by a snake catcher, Xuan. But, she is far from being out of danger. They go in search of clues to her identity. Along the way they encounter one dangerous obstacle after another, and gradually develop feelings for one another. Just as they are close to working out who she really is, disaster looms.


Created entirely by animator Gints Zilbalodis, Away tells the story of a boy and a little bird are traveling across an island on a motorcycle trying to escape a dark spirit and return home.

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