And the Oscar’ race started… with a very bad news for lovers of independent animation. The Academy Awards just released the list of the 15 contenders to the Best Animation Feature Award, announcing that the final nominees for the prize will be only 3 instead of 5. Less films will receive the fundamental promotion that comes from being nominated at the Oscars, and the effects of this decision will damage mostly independent and art-house features.
Anyway, Milano Film Festival raises his preferences: the “animated feature for adults” My Dog Tulip, from veteran Paul Fierlinger and the dark and metaphorical Idiots and Angels by the king of independents Bill Plympton (whose shorts are a “good habit” of Milano Film Festival). But while these two artistic flicks have very few chances against Pixar and Dreamworks last efforts, some surprise may come from the very masterpiece of this year: The Illusionist (L’illusioniste) by genius Sylvain Chomet, who was already nominated to Oscars with his previous Les triplettes de Belleville.
Planned in the United States ad a Christmas’ release, the film is still in (a few) Italian theatres, distributed by Nanni Moretti’s Sacher. Milano Film Festival strongly recommends you to go watching this marvellous story about dreams, illusions and power of art. And a delicate tribute to Jacques Tati.