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GKIDS Sets Oscar Qualifying Run for ‘Boy and the World’

Directed by Alê Abreu and produced by Filme de Papel, ‘Boy and the World’ was awarded the Cristal for best feature at Annecy 2014.

Independent animation distributor GKIDS announced that it has set dates for an Oscar-qualifying run for Brazil’s Boy and the World.

Directed by Alê Abreu and produced by Filme de Papel, Boy and the World was awarded the Cristal for best feature at Annecy 2014, where GKIDS picked up North American distribution rights to the film.

Boy and the World will open on December 11 at the following venues in NY and LA:

IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10014

Laemmle Monica Film Center
1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s multiple award-winning masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and color, a breathtakingly original and vibrant cinematic experience that depicts the wonders and struggles of the modern world as seen through the eyes of a young boy.

Here’s the synopsis:

Cuca’s cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The young boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, the animation taking on greater complexity as his small world expands. Entering civilization, industrial landscapes are inhabited by animal-machines, with barrios of decoupage streets and shop windows, and flashing neon advertisements that illuminate the night. The story depicts a clash between village and city, hand crafted and mechanized, rich and poor – and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. The film’s music is on equal footing with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors and exploding fireworks.

Source: GKIDS

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.