The 38th Annecy International Film Festival announced its top winners for the 2014 event, led by the Brazilian feature The Boy and the World (O menino e o mundo) winning both the audience and Cristal Award. The film, directed by Ale Abreu, centers on globalization and is told through colorful, crayon-like drawings. Gkids acquired the film for U.S. distribution. It’s the second time that a Brazialian title has taken the top prize, last year’s being Rio 2096.
Bill Plympton’s hand-drawn Cheatin’ about a newly-wed wife, who becomes her cheating husband’s mistress took the Jury Award. Plympton is a two-time Oscar nominee and completed his film with Kickstarter funds. Jury Distinction went to Japan’s Giovanni’s Island (Giovanni no Shima), a Japanese-Russian language film based on true events about two children, from two different countries, who bond during the aftermath of WWII.
Other winners are as follows: (more…)