Nine Nation Animation

Jan 01 - Jan 06, 2011

(Various directors, various countries, 85 min, 35mm)

A cat and a mouse carry on a dysfunctional relationship in a futuristic landscape. A Chinese monk sets out on foot with a tiger during the Tang dynasty and happens upon the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan. Two blue-collar workers dissect the meaning of “normal” life, as the world crumbles around them. A box of matches succumb, to their detriment, to the appeal of a cigarette. Four people recount their various encounters—triumphant or terrifying, euphoric or down-to-earth–with an unforgettable rite of passage.

The World According to Shorts presents a selection of recent award-winning animated short films from the world’s most renowned festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Annecy and Clermont-Ferrand.

Titles include:

Deconstruction Workers by Kajsa Naess (Norway)

Average 40 Matches by Burkay Doğan & M. Şakir Arslan (Turkey)

Bâmiyân by Patrick Pleutin (France)

Please Say Something by David O’Reilly (Ireland/Germany)

Flatlife by Jonas Geirnaert (Belgium)

She Who Measures by Veljko Popoviç (Croatia)

Home Road Movies by Robert Bradbrook (United Kingdom)

The Tale of How by The Blackheart Gang (South Africa)

Never Like the First Time! by Jonas Odell (Sweden)


“Nine Nation Animation is the third installment in the series The World According to Shorts, anthologies of award-winning short films made outside the United States…and it’s a winner” —New York Times

"SW Pick: The kids can have Tangled, but the 85-minute compilation Nine Nation Animation offers grown-ups a superior array of cartoon styles." —Seattle Weekly 



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