CINDERELLA THE CAT
GATTA CENERENTOLA
2017, Rai Com, 86 min, Italy, Dir: Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak, Dario Sansone

This inventive animated take on the famous fairy tale is peppered with sly references to recent Italian scandals. Mia has been raised on a huge ship, which has been docked at Naples for more than 15 years. Her scientist father had hoped to transform the harbor through technology, but after his death, the young girl has lived in the shadow of her terrible stepmother and six stepsisters. As the city declines, an ambitious drug dealer conspires with the stepmother to exploit Mia’s inheritance and turn the port of Naples into a capital of money laundering. “Slick, creative animation and largely enjoyable music make CINDERELLA THE CAT one of the best Italian animated films of recent years.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.


THE IRON GIANT
1999, Warner Bros., 86 min, USA, Dir: Brad Bird

Director Brad Bird's ambitious take on Ted Hughes' 1968 children's book The Iron Man is a delightful tale of friendship between a fatherless boy and a gigantic metal robot, in a small town in the Cold War ’50s. One of the best animated films to have come out in the past 20 years, with magical moments for the whole family.


TYRUS
2017, 78 min, USA, Dir: Pamela Tom

One of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century, Tyrus Wong was a production designer, illustrator, painter, muralist, ceramicist and lithographer perhaps best known for his haunting landscape backgrounds in the Disney classic BAMBI. Through interviews, archival footage and never-before-seen artwork, this beautiful documentary traces Wong’s life and career from his birth in China to the studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood to the beaches of Santa Monica, where the centenarian loved to fly his colorful, handmade kites.


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