Castellinaria and quality animated films.

Transforming drawings into moving figures has always been the great challenge of animated cinema and in more than one hundred years of life, the most diverse techniques have been explored. Animation films are an expressive form that has no limits but imagination. Characters can do anything and their omnipotence allows them to be part of all movie genres: adventure, musical, horror, romance, science fiction, documentary, comedy.

In the exhibition set up in the Espocentro, we did not have enough space to go through the whole adventurous history of this art able to create all kinds of inventions and narrative magic. We therefore chose to pay homage to the artists who have been guests of Castellinaria in some way during its 30 years of life.

Master of the house and guide for this exhibition is STRIPY, the main character of the Scacciapensieri opening theme created by Bozzetto Studio for RSI. And it is Bruno Bozzetto, protagonist of a retrospective in 1990 and awarded with the Castello d’Onore in 2016, who sets the pace. From Italy, we have the claymation artist Yusaki Fusako with some of her Peo plasticine’s sets; Michel Fuzelier, a French artist protagonist of Italian animation, awarded at Castellinaria in 2015 for his feature film Iqbal, a Tale of a Fearless Child. From Switzerland, Bruna Ferrazzini with her Biriki; Irmgard Walthert, who will show us the puppets of her 3D animation films, and then two young but successful artists: Marcel Barelli, who will introduce his last creation Ralph and The Dinosaurs and Mauro Carraro who will lead a group of students of the Ceruleum animation school of Lausanne in the creation of a video.

Both are part of the Nadasdy team, award-winning production house and animation film studio to which we will dedicate a Best Of.

Claude Barras, who has already been at Castellinaria in the past with his short films Banquise and Le génie de la boîte de raviolis, will be a guest of the Festival with the puppets and some of the sets of his worldwide success My Life as a Zucchini, the film that brought Switzerland in the Olympus of animation cinema and to the Academy Awards!


Finally, after the exhibitions in Lyon and Geneva, Courgette will arrive South of the Alps!

The exhibition is interactive and during the week there will be workshops and masterclasses for schools and for those who are curious to discover the techniques behind animated films.

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