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Five top Animation films are star attractions at Goa film festival

Japanese animation film 'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman"

Making the 53rd International Film Festival of India scheduled to be held in Goa from November 20 special, is the curated package of animation films from different parts of the world. The films have been selected to appeal to both children and adults.

The five films chosen for the festival are:

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

This Japanese animation feature film of 2022 is based on the short stories by the renowned writer Haruki Murakami. It will not just entertain the fans of this author but also make him familiar with those who haven’t read his works.

The movie explores how an earthquake and a giant frog help characters reveal “truths they’ve been hiding from themselves”. The narrative in the film is made up of memories, dreams and fantasies, influenced by individual visions of the earthquake, as the protagonists try to reconnect with who they really are.

The film has been created by Pierre Földes, a filmmaker, composer, painter and orchestrator from the US.

My Love Affair with Marriage

Using music and science this 2022 animation drama examines the biological chemistry of love and gender, as well as the societal pressures on an individual to conform to social mores.

The story deals with the inner female rebellion, where a young spirited woman, Zelma, is determined to conform to the pressures of singing Mythology Sirens in order to be loved, but the more she conforms, the more her body resists.

My Love Affair With Marriage
‘My Love Affair With Marriage’ deals with love and gender

The film, which has already made waves in film festivals around the world, has been created by Signe Baumane a Latvian animator, artist, illustrator and writer. She has written, directed, designed and animated 16 shorts and two animated feature films.

The Island

This musical animation and a cross-genre film on the Robinson Crusoe myth: The Little Prince Meets Monty Python has been made by Anca Damian. The 2021 movie is about Robinson, a doctor whose voluntary solitude on an island is invaded by migrants, NGOs and guards.

Robinson saves Friday, a castaway, the only survivor of his illegal refugee boat and during his journey on the island, he encounters extraordinary beings and events.

The Island
The musical animation and cross-genre film is directed by Anca Damian

This is the seventh feature of Damian who has worked as a director, screenwriter, and producer for several documentaries on art related topics. The composer of the film is Alexander Balanescu, a Romanian, who is considered one of the most visionary violinists of our time.

Dozens of North
Poster of the film ‘Dozens of North’

Dozens of Norths

The 2021 Japanese anime illustrates the aftermath of a catastrophe – the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Made by the acclaimed filmmaker Koji Yamamura, the film’s rich, dialogue-less vignettes depict desolate and nightmarish landscapes that elevate modern-day suffering caused by real-life events into a mythical and universal dimension. The absurdities and tragedies of human existence are narrated with sparks of hope.

Yamamura’s “Mt. Head” (2002) was nominated for Oscar.

The film reinvents the classic tale of the wooden marionette


This 2022 film reinvents the classic tale of the wooden marionette who is magically brought to life in order to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto.

Directed by Academy award winning Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, this film follows the mischievous and disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world.