On Sunday night at the FotoWeek event, Jim asked me why we hadn't done the European Union Film Showcase yet? He was right - it's just hard to do everything! So I did finally go over the movies for the Festival (and the reviews) and came up with Wrinkles, an animated film from Spain. It sounds absolutely beautiful and touching, about two seniors in a nursing home. And the Spanish graphic novelist on whose work the film is based will be present to speak to us afterwards. Look at this review from Variety:
"This affecting film features lovable but credible characters and a beautifully crafted, understated plot that emerges elegantly from their fears, fantasies and forgetfulness; [it is] thought-provoking and universally comprehensible...one swooping flashback sequence comes very close [to] matching the moving, life-in-five-minutes montage in Pixar's Up."
***If you would like to go, YOU NEED TO BUY A TICKET FROM AFI. It's very easy and there are no fees. The cost is $12. Click here to purchase your ticket. (http://www.afi.com/silver/films/2012/v9i5/wrinkles.aspx) It will be in one of the side theaters, so I think it may sell out. Make sure you buy the ticket (http://www.afi.com/silver/films/2012/v9i5/wrinkles.aspx) for Sunday at 5:20. I like this time because we can go out after for a casual dinner. I really like a very reasonable Greek place a couple blocks away, but we can decide then. We will head into the theater and get our seats at about 5.***
In person: graphic novelist Paco Roca at both shows!
Filmmaker Ignacio Ferreras brings Paco Roca's award-winning graphic novel to the big screen in this exquisitely rendered animated film, a moving story of friendship and loss. Suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's, Emilio is apprehensive about moving into a nursing home. Helping to smooth the transition is his roommate Miguel, a rascally Argentinean. Both sensitively told and refreshingly acerbic, WRINKLES smooths its challenging subject matter into an inspiring story with universal appeal. Best Animated Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, 2012 Goya Awards. Official Selection, 2011 San Sebastian Film Festival; 2012 Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Ignacio Ferreras; SCR Rosanna Cecchini, Ãngel de la Cruz, Paco Roca, based on his comic; PROD Enrique Aguirrezabala, Manuel Cristóbal, Oriol Ivern. Spain, 2011, color, 89 min. In Spanish and Galician with English subtitles. Digital presentation. NOT RATED