Animated Delights for Chitrakatha’17 from Alliance Francaise,
Ahmedabad & Institute Francais

22 October 2017                    21:30 onwards                                               Venue: BBC

Chitrakatha’17 – Warm Up Screening of French Animated Shorts.

  • Lwas (2012)
  • Director: Mathilde Vachet
    Duration: 2 mins
    Synopsis: "Lwas" means "Spirits of the Voodoo religion". Through this experimental clip, Mathilde Vachet tries to make discover the magic, the strangeness and the madness of a voodoo ritual. "Lwas" is made with colored pencils on a negative, and is accompanied by the mesmerizing music of Sabrina Duval.

  • Under Construction (2007)
  • Director: Zhenchen Liu
    Duration: 10 mins
    Synopsis: To follow the current planning of the government and the Shanghai real estate developers, every year almost 100,000 families are forced to move, because their home is destroyed. Composed of animated photos with documentary videos, "Under construction" proposes a sequence through the destruction of a district of Shanghai.

  • Le Voyage des Pierres (2012)
  • Director : Seydou Cisse
    Duration: 11 mins
    Synopsis : Miracles occur in a village in Mali. The stones move there, moved by lashes, and many other mysteries occur. An old lady passes over the bridge of Markala with her daughter and tells her the story of the construction of this work.

  • Le Ruban (2009)
  • Directors: Thomas Charra, Michaël Crouzat, Kherveen Dabylall, Denis Do, Gabriel Jolly-Monge
    Duration: 3 mins
    Synopsis: In China in the 1960s, people attacked a rich landowner. Mei, a young worker, participates in the movement of the crowd. Suddenly she recognizes in the victim the man with whom she is in love. Fearing to reveal his feelings, Mei does not know what to do.

  • Conversation with Changes (2010)
  • Director: Shirin Abu Shaqra
    Duration: 12 mins
    Synopsis: It is a journey into a fragment of an imaginary, heterotopic city within which one meets ends of events, ends of life outside history books, smaller than oral history, less important than history of the losers ever written. This time, the men, the women and also a child statue and a street lamp.

  • Le Son des Flammes (2014)
  • Director: Julia Robin, Vincent Gibaut, Victor Lacotte, Alizée Laffiteau, Charlotte Guittet, Yann Leroy
    Duration: 3 mins
    Synopsis: Through his music, an old player from Kora will purify a sick forest ... This film is a mesmerizing visual and musical show where the flames come to life thanks to the sound of the Kora, a musical instrument of West Africa . This is a graduation film from the LISAA school, promotion 2014.

  • Sous tes doigts (2014)
  • Director: Marie-Christine Courtès
    Duration: 3 mins
    Synopsis: On the occasion of the death of her grandmother, a young Eurasian woman revisits the singular history of the women of her family, from colonial Indochina to the isolation of a transit camp, between dance and rituals. On the day of the cremation of her grandmother, Emilie, a young Asian mixed race, plunges into the old woman's memories. Official Selection of the César 2016.

  • Le Banquet de la Concubine (2012)
  • Director: Hefang Wei
    Duration: 13 mins
    Synopsis: China, year 746, Tang dynasty. At that time, the country knew its most prosperous period. Emperor Li is a great lover of women, art and music. He has many concubines. His favorite is called Yang. While a grand banquet is being prepared in his honor, the Emperor, caught in a game of Go, forgets it.

  • Mustapha et La Clematite (2013)
  • Director: Marie-Jo Long, Sabine Allard, Rémi Dumas
    Duration: 3 mins
    Synopsis: Born in Casablanca, Mustapha Manni was a facetious and joking child. There, he experienced nature and discovered his first "wild" freedoms. This experience, full of audacity and wonder, serves as a point of reference for him to approach, when he arrives in France, difference, limits, complicity and withdrawal.

  • Miniyamba (2012)
  • Director: Luc Perez
    Duration: 15 mins
    Synopsis: Like tens of thousands of people who leave their native land every day, Abdu, a young Malian, decided to go to Europe. A journey of the Niger River to the barbed wire of the enclave of Ceuta, where dreams confront the harsh reality of migrants, with far away the lights of the West.

  • Le C.O.D et le Coquelicot (2013)
  • Director: Jeanne Paturle, Cécile Rousset
    Duration: 24 mins
    Synopsis: In a primary school in a peripheral district of Paris known to be difficult, where the teams of teachers are exhausted and succeed each other from year to year, five young masters without experience have made the bet to stay. Five years later, they tell us about their everyday life in a place where they try to build, in an alternation of discouragement and projects, a school like the others.


    23 October 2017        22:00   Chitrakatha’17 Opening Feature     Venue: NID Auditorium

  • Adama (2015)
  • Director: Simon Rouby
    Duration: 82 mins

    Synopsis: 12 year-­old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the Cliffs. Out, beyond, lies "the land of breaths", the kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. Accompanied first by Abdou, a tragically lucid griot, then by Maximin, a street urchin who is his own negative twin, he crosses a Europe in the grip of war. We're in 1914. Borne by the energy of desperation and the poetry of childhood, Adama travels to the hell of the frontline in order to free his brother. Ultimately, Adama's love for his brother will open an unexpected way to his initiatory journey.

    24 October 2017        22:00   Chitrakatha’17 Feature         Venue: NID Auditorium

  • Kirikou et la Sorciere (1998)
  • Director: Michel Ocelot
    Duration: 74 mins.
    Synopsis: The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell: the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. He wants to rid the village of the curse so he goes on a voyage to the Forbidden Mountain, where the Wise Man of the Mountain, who knows of Karaba and her secrets, awaits him.

    25 October 2017        22:00   Chitrakatha’17 Opening Feature     Venue: NID Auditorium

  • Les Contes de la Nuit (2011)
  • Director: Michel Ocelot.
    Duration:  84 mins
    Tales of the Night weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, to the Land of the Dead. From the imagination of the internationally renowned animator, Michel Ocelot.

    28 October 2017        22:00   Chitrakatha’17 Hangover Feature   Venue: BBC

  • Aya of  Yop City (2013)
  • Director: Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie
    Duration: 24 mins
    Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old Aya, a studious girl, prefers to stay indoors but constantly helps all her friends. However, Aya also has troubles and secrets of her own. Aya of Yop City is a 2013 French animated film based on the graphic novel Aya of Yop City by the same authors. t was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 39th César Awards.