I Want Pluto to be a Planet Again
I Want Pluto to be a Planet Again
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RED RIDING HOOD REDUX
RED RIDING HOOD REDUX

Animation NOW! Black & White 

Animation NOW!

A surprising amount of animation is created in black and white. This carefully curated programme musters a collection of shorts that harness the creative promise of light, shade, form, texture and movement – without colour.

Jul 15

Academy Cinema

Jul 18

Academy Cinema

70 minutes
M
violence, offensive language and sexual themes

Swirling weather, pillowy white fields, ominous cityscapes, shadowy woodlands: watching this year’s Black & White programme shows us how purposeful and expressive an absence of colour can be. From the sparse to the splashy, all of these works wield their limited palettes to staggering effect. Wintry landscapes bring atmosphere in spades in the opening pair: a child’s mission to collect wood turns into a life journey in a stark ecological omen, and a hunter traps a mythical sea creature in a brooding feminist allegory. Urban streets become playgrounds for spectral visions in another set: a woman is haunted by strange creatures in a moody music video, and a man is pursued by his own shadow in a dazzling cryptic noir. Live-action photography also features: American photographer Roger Ballen plays himself as a man whose dreams are turned into a freakish theatre of randy apparitions, and Little Red Riding Hood gets an industrial makeover in a striking rotoscope remake. Last, but most certainly not least, comes the highlight I Want Pluto to be a Planet Again: a dystopian black comedy with one of the most potent closing images you’ll see all festival. — JF

Child 2016

9 minutes

The harshest of struggles renders a will to survive that eventually unfurls the inner child.

Among the Black Waves 2016

Director

11 minutes

Among the black waves, a battle for space, power and survival plays out in the shadows and the shallows.

Deus 2016

A headlong plunge into an underground world uncertain channels and demonic audiences demanding their stage be filled.

RED RIDING HOOD REDUX 2017

Director

12 minutes

A visceral redraft of a classic tale adding in an unlikely hero and a starling escape from the belly of the beast.

Radio Wave 2016

Director

3 minutes

Silent, invisible and weightless, they surround us, permeate our bodies and fill our homes.

Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions 2016

Directors

UK
5 minutes

A festively anarchic romp through the rampant imagination of an artist who lives to photograph beautifully mutant apparitions.

O 2015

Director

USA
3 minutes

A ‘blink-and-you-miss-it’ audience with the riotously jigsaw – but never random – outpourings of Mr Oh.

Tarpit 2016

Director

UK
4 minutes

‘Nothing ever changes’. That depends how deep you want to dive into the mystery and how open you are to the abstract.

The Walker 2016

Director

6 minutes

A dark city, a lonely walker and a rogue shadow that bends all the rules.

I Want Pluto to be a Planet Again 2016

12 minutes

A bold, stylish romance centred on the beautiful complexities of rebuilding and the uncertain joys of admiring from afar.