Animated, Social Issues, Women's Issues
Contemporary World Cinema, Late Night Showcase
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In an authoritarian dystopia dominated by male shoes, female shoes are forbidden to work—or even to exist: Brightly colored baby-girl flats are quickly transformed into the dark loafers that work in the state cigarette factory. But in one birth prison, a brave high-heeled mother manages to kill the warden and escape, saving her daughter from forced transformation.
To feed her child the socks she needs to survive, the high heel uses the warden’s leather exterior as a disguise and goes to work in the factory. But when her identity is exposed, she is ruthlessly tortured by her colleagues and superiors. Will she be able to summon the energy to avenge herself and protect her daughter? This feat of stop-motion animation from Chinese filmmaker Zhou Shengwei unfolds as a visually dazzling fable.
“Once you’ve cheated fate, what’s next?” Naoufel, an orphaned Moroccan boy, asks in this beguiling and thought-provoking animated adventure about a severed hand on a quest to find its former body, which won the top prize in the Critics’ Week section at Cannes this year.
Spanish director Miguel Llansó proves that a pastiche of retro B-movie genres can, in the right hands, result in arthouse transcendence. This gonzo sci-fi spy flick has it all: romance, danger, political intrigue, scientific experiments, time travel, kung fu, holograms, and delicious pizza.
Monty Python meets The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in the art direction of this off-the-wall parody of a biopic about Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, who more than lives up to the Queen’s proclamation: “Canadians, in happy days as in sad, disappointed shall you be.”