The uniquely creative and Academy Award-nominated animated film “Boy and the World” will be screening in over 50 cities across the United States and Canada starting this Fri. January 22, following its initial December release (screening list below).
Brazilian director Alê Abreu’s film promises to be an explosion of music and color that depicts the wonders and struggles of the modern world as seen through the eyes of a young boy (Cuca) after his father leaves his rural family for the city. Cuca embarks on a visionary quest to bring his family back together and his small world is augmented with complexity and adventure as humble village and industrial city collide in a childlike visual splendor.
“Seeing through [Cuca’s] eyes was fundamental in creating the universe we did,” Abreu told Twitch Film. “Everything was done through the eyes of the boy. In him I found a more primitive approach to my drawing, spurred by the freedom to draw like a child. It was always the boy facing the world.”
“Boy and the World” has won over 40 film festival awards across the world and promises to be a visual and emotional journey filled with creative animation, matchless story-telling and an emotion-stirring soundtrack.
The 80-minute film does not have any dialogue which means the soundtrack is what carries the story from start to finish. Abreu was influenced by many aspects of sound including; Icelandic band Sigur Rós. After contemplating many different sounds, Abreu decided to take a simpler approach.
“I experimented with music and sound, pulling inspiration from all over as I created the universe of the film. When the experimentation got too complicated, I decided to ground the film by having the story revolve around the simple sound of a flute,” Abreu said.
The score, created by Gustavo Kurlat and Ruben Feffer, features the lyrical work of Naná Vasconcelos, to the body percussion of Barbatuques, to the instrumentalists at GEM (Grupo Experimental de Música), to the strong presence of rap artist Emicida.
“BOY AND THE WORLD” NORTH AMERICAN DATES
Last updated 1/20 Unless otherwise noted, theaters play the film for a minimum of one week. Click here for more details.
New York, NY – IFC Center (12/11/2015)
Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle NoHo (12/11/2015)
Vancouver, BC – Vancity Theatre (12/18/2015)
Detroit, MI – Detroit Institute of the Arts (12/26/2015)
New Orleans – Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary (1/15/2016)
- Toronto, ON – TIFF Bell Lightbox
- Quebec City, QC – Cinema Le Clap
- Anchorage, AK – Bear Tooth Theater (1/23-25)
- Denver, CO – Denver Film Society
- Santa Fe, NM – CCA Cinematheque
- Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society
- Columbus, OH – Gateway Film Center
- Hartford, CT – Real Art Ways Cinema
- Albuquerque, NM – Guild Cinema
- Austin, TX – Regal Arbor Hills
- Charlotte, NC – Regal Ballantyne Cinema
- Portland, OR – Regal Fox Tower Cinema
- Gainesville, FL – The Hippodrome Cinema
- Salem, MA – CinemaSalem
- Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City Museum of Art
- Ithaca, NY – Cornell Cinema (Jan 30-31)
- Tuscon, AZ – Loft Cinema
- Spokane, WA – Spokane Film Festival
- Atlanta, GA – Regal Tara Cinemas 4
- Seattle, WA – SIFF Film Center
- Santa Ana, CA – The Frida Cinema
- Buffalo, NY – North Park Theatre
- Chicago, IL – Gene Siskel Film Center
- Arcata, CA – The Miniplex @ Richard’s Goat
- Boulder, CO – The Boedecker Theater
- Bellingham, WA – Pickford Film Center
- Honolulu, HI – Consolidated Kahala 8
- Akron, OH – Nightlight Cinema
- San Diego, CA – Angelika Film Center Carmel Mountain
- Washington DC – Angelika Pop-Up Cinema
- Fairfax, VA – Angelika Mosaic Cinema
- Halifax, NS – Carbon Arc Cinema (2/6)
- Vancouver, WA – Kiggins Theatre
- Whitehorse, YT – Available Light Film Festival (2/13)
- Tempe, AZ – Harkins Valley Art
- Lowell, MA – The Luna Theater
- Dallas, TX – Angelika Film Center
- Jacksonville, FL – Sun-Ray Cinema
- Plano, TX – Angelika Film Center
- Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle Fine Arts Theatre
- Irvine, CA – Regal Edwards University Town Theater
- Berea, OH – Baldwin Wallace University International Film Series (2/20)
- Amherst, MA – Amherst Cinema
- San Francisco, CA – Landmark Theatres
- Berkeley, CA – The California
- Greenbelt, MD – Greenbelt Theatre
- Gloucester, MA – Cape Ann Cinema
- Huntington, NY – Cinema Arts Centre (2/28)
- Camas, WA – Liberty Theatre
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