‘Best of the Fest’ Closing night @ the 2009 Melbourne International Animation Festival

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Last night was the closing night at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, where they played a selection of the best films from throughout the week.  Highlights for me were Monsieur Cok by Franck Dion & Richard van den Boom, The Swan by Aleksandra Korejwo, The MIAF film of the fest The Spine by Chris Landreth, The Employment by Santiago Grasso, Australian film of the fest The Bronze Mirror by Susan Danta, Rex the Dog by Geoffroy De Crecy for its smile value & Fantasie in Bubblewrap by Arthur Metcalf for somehow making you feel that popping bubblewrap is like taking a life.  Embedded are a selection of the films that I have been able to find on the web from last nights screening.  Enjoy!

MONSIEUR COK
Franck Dion, Richard van den Boom
France, 2008, 9’45
An ex-employee visits his egg-headed ex-boss at a robot-run bomb factory.

THIS WAY UP
Smith & Foulkes
UK, 2008, 8’30
There’s a right and a wrong way to deal with the soon-to-be-buried. And then there’s the way these two accident prone undertakers go about it….

ACCORDING TO BIRDS / VOLGENS DE VOGELS
Linde Faas
Holland, 2008, 5’30
A quiet, intricate portrayal of the behaviour of birds in a natural environment.

REX THE DOG: BUBBLELICIOUS
Geoffroy De Crecy
France, 2008, 3’15
This puppy is cut out for a career in rock n’ roll.

HUNGU
Nicolas Brault
Canada, 2008, 6’30
Under the African sun death is a constant companion but so too is the hungu, an ancient musical instrument.

FANTASIE IN BUBBLEWRAP
Arthur Metcalf
USA, 2007, 3’45
Even bubblewrap has feelings. Lots of feelings. Especially when you start popping them one at a time. They begin to wonder out loud which bubble will be next.

Direct link (Sorry, I couldn’t embed this one)

THE REASON I COLLECT
Emma Curtis

UK, 2008, 3’30

A totally engaging documentary about dedicated collectors of treasure, trinkets and ephemera.

MIAF 2009 Film of the Fest:

THE SPINE
Chris Landreth
Canada, 2009, 11’00
Oscar® winner Chris Landreth returns with a poignant story of redemption that takes us into the relationship between a man and a woman trapped in a spiral of mutual destruction after 26 years of marriage.

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