Numerous Swiss animated films at Anima Mundi festival in Brazil
Seven Swiss animated films will be shown in the international competition at the 14th Festival internacional de Animação do Brasil «Anima Mundi», taking place in Rio de Janeiro from July 14-23, and in São Paulo from July 26-30, 2006. Nearly all of the participating films were produced in the French part of Switzerland. Claude Barras will be represented with two of his latest works, “Le génie de la boîte de raviolis/The genie in a ravioli tin” and “Banquise” (co-directed by Cédric Louis). Also shown are “Saint-Valentin” and “La dernière heure” (The last hour) by Antoine Guex. Further part of the competition are “Tarte aux pommes” (Apple tart) by Isabelle Favez, “Après le chat/After The Cat” by Marina Rosset, and “Rush” by Claude Luyet and Xavier Robel.This festival, which is co-directed by four animated filmmakers and uniquely dedicated to animated film, is the most important event of this genre in South America, and attracts nearly 80,000 viewers every year. Animated films from 41 countries will be competing for several awards with a total prize sum of 63,000 dollars.
With their presence, the films by Claude Barras, Isabelle Favez, as well as Marina Rosset have proven yet again their international potential after having been invited to numerous other international festivals. For “Saint-Valentin”, this is the first international invitation after its premiere at the Solothurn Film Festival.
The festival, which presented a retrospective of films by Georges Schwizgebel last year, includes long and short animated films in 12 sections. Two of these are dedicated to New Media (Web Contest and Cell Contest), and one event (Open Studio) is geared toward the audience. Following the festival, a selection of animated films will tour four Brazilian cities (Anima Mundi Special).
Geneva, July 11, 2006