Nov 8-12, 2018

The Boy and the World

Director: Alê Abreu

Run Time: 80 Minutes Brazil Language: Portuguese


Alê Abreu’s second animated feature, The Boy and the World, is a bold and imaginative parable of hope in a world filled with human injustice. The story focuses on Cuca, a boy who lives happily with his parents in the country until his father has to leave to find work in the city. Confused and upset, Cuca goes in search of his missing dad. The young boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, with the animation taking on greater complexity and variety as his small world expands. Simple line drawings of the village give way to broad brushstrokes forming giant bushels of cotton lining country roads and sweeps of pastel churned into roaring waves. The wordless narrative is accompanied throughout by a rich soundscape of pan flute, samba and Brazilian hip-hop.

Alê Abreu is a Brazilian film director, animator and screenwriter. Sírius, his first short film, debuted at the 1993 Anima Mundi as the only Brazilian animation that year. It won the Best Film Award at the Festival de Cine para Niños y Jovenes.

Film Details

Director: Alê Abreu
Screenwriter: Alê Abreu
Editor: Alê Abreu
Music: Ruben Feffer, Gustavo Kurlat
Cast: Marco Aurélio Campos, Lu Horta, Vinicius Garcia
Running Time: 80 minutes

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