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Directed by Ale Abreu

Brazil 2013 80 mins. In Portuguese

Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s whimsical, exquisitely-rendered, animated film views contemporary society through the eyes of a child. Cuca, a small boy growing up in the rainforest, finds his serene life thrown upside down when his father leaves to work in the industrialized city, prompting an adventurous journey to find him. Along the way he uncovers a whole new, modern world dominated by animal machines and a variety of strange characters that are a far cry from the natural environment they came from. Melding mesmerizing sound design with uniquely original hand-drawn visuals, a samba and hip-hop score by some of Brazil’s stars is a perfect match for the playful, vibrant images, which come alive with nearly wordless eloquence. Audience Award, Annecy International Animation Festival.

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