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DAY OF THE CROWS, The

Belgium / Canada / France, 2012 (MIFF 2013, Next Gen)

Director: Jean-Christophe Dessaint

"Combining elements of Shrek and Truffaut's The Wild Child." – Hollywood Reporter

This debut feature from skilled French animator Jean-Christophe Dessaint is both beautifully crafted and moving. Featuring the voices of Jean Reno and the late Claude Chabrol, The Day of the Crows follows the isolated existence of an ogre-like father called Pumpkin and his semi-feral son. When Pumpkin injures himself, Junior ventures outside their forest home to seek help. Here he meets a kindly doctor and his sweet daughter, who introduces him to life in the outside world.

Featuring wonderfully lush, hand-drawn animation – from the Studio Ghibli-like forest spirits to the richly colourful Manet-like backgrounds – the film deftly balances lightness and humour with darker themes of persecution and parental control, making it appealing for children and adults alike.

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MIFF recommends age 10+

All films featured as part of the Next Gen program are approved for screening by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. No person under the age of 15 years shall be admitted to Next Gen screenings unless in the company of an adult guardian. 

D Jean-Christophe Dessaint P William Picot S Jean-François Beauchemin, Amandine Taffin WS Le Pacte L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2012

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