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25 April

Director Leanne POOLEY | New Zealand | 2015 | 84'36" | Asian Premiere

25 April is an innovative feature documentary created to bring the story of the New Zealand experience at Gallipoli (Turkey) to life for a modern audience through a re-imagined world. Using graphic novel-like animation, 25 April brings First World War experiences out of the usual black-and-white archive pictures and into vibrant, dynamic color. Weaving together animated “interviews” based on the diaries, letters and memoirs of six people who were actually there, the film tells the compelling and heart-wrenching tale of war, friendship, loss and redemption using the words of those who experienced it.

The Girl without Hands

Director Sébastien LAUDENBACH | France | 2016 | 76'00" | Asian Premiere

In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes but is deprived of her hands. Walking away from her family, she encounters the goddess of water, a gentle gardener and a prince in his castle. A long journey towards the light…

My Dogs, JinJin & Akida

Director CHO Jong-duck | Korea | 2016 | 67'17" | World Premiere

Jae-young has two dogs of different breeds named JinJin and Akida that look very much alike. Thanks to his parents always growling at each other like dogs, Jae-young feels blue. One day, Soon-young, Ki-sik and their mom move in next door to Jae-young. Jae-young tells Soon-young and Ki-sik that he wishes his father gone. Jae-young believes that his father loves the dogs more than his father loves him so he kicks the dog out of the house while his father is out.

My Life as a Courgette

Director Claude BARRAS | Switzerland / France | 2016 | 66'00" | Asian Premiere

Courgette is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies Courgette to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. Courgette struggles at first to find his place in this strange, at times hostile, environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust, find true love and at last a new family of his own.

Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children

Director Alberto VÁZQUEZ, Pedro RIVERO | Spain | 2015 | 75'48" | Asian Premiere

Teenagers Birdboy and Dinky have decided to escape from an island devastated by ecological catastrophe: Birdboy by shutting himself off from the world, Dinky by setting out on a dangerous voyage in the hope that Birdboy will accompany her.

Window Horses

Director Ann Marie FLEMING | Canada | 2016 | 85'00"

Window Horses is a feature-length animated film about a young Canadian poet who embarks on a whirlwind voyage of discovery—of herself, her family, love, history, and the nature of poetry. The film is filled with poems and histories created by a variety of artists and animators, who set out to blend a vast myriad of differences between cultures, philosophies, arts, and time frames.

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Director SHINKAI Makoto | Japan | 2016 | 107'00"

A high-school girl named Mitsuha spends gloomy days in a remote village deep in the mountain. She wishes to leave this small town for a bit city, and as time goes by her desire gets stronger and stronger. One day, she has a strange dream, in which she is a boy living in Tokyo. Meanwhile, a high-school boy living in Tokyo named Taki also has a a strange dream. In his dream, he is a high-school girl living in a village deep in the mountain that he’s never seen before. They both repeatedly have such strange dreams. Soon, Mitsuha and Taki realize that their bodies have been switched in another space and time, affecting their memories.