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Directed by Various

2016 80 mins.

LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro attends animation festivals from Annecy to Zagreb and has hand-picked this collection of diverse works that showcase sparkling international talents.

Sponsored by LAIKA

Films in this Program

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One, Two, Tree

Directed by Various

A tree takes the opportunity to borrow the boots of a hiker sleeping under its boughs and embarks on an

A Head Disappears

Directed by Franck Dion

Jacqueline has lost her head, but who cares! For her trip to the seaside, she’s decided to take the train

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Life Is Hard

Directed by Simon Schnellmann

Life is not fair. In brief episodes, a few strokes are all it takes to get to the heart of

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An Ordinary Blue Monday

Directed by Naomi Van Niekerk

One Monday morning, a girl gets ready for school, but in the ghetto neighborhood where she lives, violence is part

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Analysis Paralysis

Directed by Anete Melece

Anton is lost in his own head until one day a yellow boot brings him to an exit.

Blind Vaysha

Directed by Theodore Ushev

Vaysha is not like other little girls. Her left eye only sees the past and her right, only the future.

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Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers)

Directed by Marie-Christine Courtès

When her grandmother dies, dance and traditional rituals in honor of the deceased allow young Emilie to retrace and relive

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Au revoir Balthazar

Directed by Rafael Sommerhalder

Freed from its fixed existence by a storm, a scarecrow leaves its unlived life behind and follows its desires.

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Accidents, Blunders and Calamities

Directed by James Cunningham

A father possum reads a bedtime story to his kids—an alphabet of the most dangerous animal of all—humans!


Directed by Daan Velsink, Joost Lieuwma

Marja’s imaginary mistakes grow to absurd proportions.

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