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The Boy and the World

O Menino e o Mundo

Brazil | 2013 | 80 minutes | Alê Abreu

This wordless, sensuous, uniquely original animated film follows Cuca, a young Brazilian boy who ventures from his simple countryside home into a neon-infused, carnivalesque metropolis in search of his father.

May 24, 2014
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
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June 7, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Open your senses to a refreshingly original, uniquely visual animated film from Brazilian artist Alê Abreu. Employing everything from mosaics to watercolors, the film overflows with delight, exploding with vibrant color and samba/hip hop rhythms. The story focuses on Cuca, a young child growing up in the Brazilian countryside with his family. One day, his father leaves to work in the city, forcing Cuca to embark for the metropolis, hoping to bring his family back together. The animation starts simply, but as Cuca ventures further into the world, the visual style takes on a greater complexity, eventually creating a neon-infused cityscape with a variety of strange characters never seen before. The seemingly simple story unveils the conflict between country and city, poor and wealthy, handmade to motorized in such a way that audiences of all ages will experience different levels of the same narrative. Abreu’s film is captivating, keeping attention rapt for its full running time with hardly a line of dialogue all the way to its surprising and emotional finale.

Director Biography

An animator, filmmaker, and artist, Ale Abreu has created several short animated films as well as design work for commercial advertisements, and illustrations for books and newspapers. In 2007 he was honored at the Anima Mundi Festival in Brazil, which featured a retrospective exhibit of his works.

Sponsored by Pagliacci Pizza, The Safeway Foundation

Director: Alê Abreu
Country: Brazil
Year: 2013
Running Time: 80 minutes
Producer: Alê Abreu
Screenplay: Alê Abreu
Editors: Alê Abreu
Music: Ruben Feffer, Gustavo Kurlat
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2013 (Youth Award for Best Brazilian Film)
Filmography: Garoto Cósmico (2007)
Language: no dialogue
Format: DCP
US Distributor: GKids
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