Animation distributor GKIDS to release ‘Wrinkles,’ directed by Ignacio Ferreras and based on Paco Roca’s award-winning graphic novel, on July 4 at New York’s IFC Center; the theatrical release will be followed by a July 15 DVD and digital release.
New York -- GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced that it will release Wrinkles, an animated film for adults, on July 4 at New York’s IFC Center. The theatrical release will be followed by a July 15 DVD and digital release.
Wrinkles, the Spanish animated film directed by Ignacio Ferreras and based on Paco Roca’s award-winning graphic novel, features the voices of Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man, The West Wing), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises, Full Metal Jacket) and George Coe (Archer, Kramer vs. Kramer).
Wrinkles illustrates the visual beauty and tender emotion that can be created by traditional animation, as it tackles a universal subject matter with humor and acerbic wit. The story opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily, wheeler-dealer named Miguel, who cheerfully swindles small amounts of cash from the more befuddled residents but is also full of handy insider tips that are crucial to survival.
Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an old folks home, we are introduced to daily pill regimens, electric gates, and an eccentric cast of characters who rebel against institutional authority, while doing everything in their power to avoid being assigned to the dreaded top floor assisted living wing – a dwelling place for lost souls from which there is no return. The hand-drawn animation style allows the film to move freely between the reality-bound daily lives of the ‘inmates’ and their more colorful dementia-induced fantasies, leaving plenty of room for both tears and laughter and pulling no punches in its critique of society’s attitude towards the elderly.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.