Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Anina (2013) NYICFF 2014
Charming film about a ten year old girl who gets into a fight and has to carry a sealed envelope around with her punishment inside. She is not allowed to open it lest she be given lots of other tasks to do. As she ponders what might be in the envelope she tries to discover if the other girl opened her envelope.
Beautifully animated film is a wonderful look at a wonderful little girl with palindrome names which gets her into trouble. By the time Anina ends you'd really want to hang out with the this charming girl and her friends, or if not hang out with her, you'd really like to check in again with her in a sequel.
The film is a joy on any number of levels, from casting men to be apair of busy body old ladies, to a marvelous script with killer throw away lines (You'll have to forgive me that crazy night with the brandy and confetti I wasn't myself), to the wicked logic and way that kids see the world that drives the film forward
This is a great children's film that needs to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.
One of the most smile producing films of this years New York Children's Film Festival.
(A huge thank you to Joe Bendel who arranged for me to see the film- Check out Joe's reports at JB SPINS)