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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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Tito on Ice

Director/Cartoonist Max Andersson scheduled to attend | May 26 & May 28

This surreal, partially animated documentary follows two Swedish comic book artists on a road trip through the former Yugoslavia with the mummified remains of Marshal Tito. Their goal: promote their book Bosnian Flat Dog, published by Seattle's own Fantagraphics Books.

Schedule
May 26, 2013 8:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
May 28, 2013 3:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

To promote their comic book Bosnian Flat Dog (published by Seattle's own Fantagraphics Books), Swedish artists Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson toured the countries of former Yugoslavia with a mummified Marshal Tito in a refrigerator. The book itself was based on a trip they took to an alternative comics convention in Sarajevo. Now comes the documentary, Tito on Ice, which takes Super8 footage of their tour and animates it with cardboard cutouts and garbage and other recycled materials. The result is a surreal trip through the Balkans that is part promotion, part performance art, and part history of Marshal Tito and the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. It's also about the underground arts and music venues that popped up when the country split apart. Through it all there is a comics creator's eye at work. Live-action interviews suddenly switch to animation, which is like moving from one panel to the next in a comic book. The result emphasizes the content or the context of what is being said. More than 50 sets were built for the film, all shot and animated on Super8 film. Tito on Ice is a joyous trip through the war torn subconscious of an underground artist.

Director Biography
Described as “Europe’s Tim Burton,” Max Andersson is a world-famous cartoonist and filmmaker known for books such as PIxy and Death and Candy. Tito on Ice is his first feature-length film.

Director: Helena Ahonen, Max Andersson
Principal Cast: Lars Sjunnesson, Max Andersson, Helena Ahonen, Štefan Skledar, Katerina Mirovic
Premiere Status: North America
Country: Germany
Year: 2012
Running Time: 76 minutes
Producer: Max Andersson, Michael Sevholt
Screenplay: Max Andersson
Cinematographers: Helena Ahonen, Max Andersson,
Editors: Max Andersson
Website: http://www.maxandersson.com/films-tito.html
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English, Swedish
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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