Spain 2012 – 91 mins Director: Marçal Forés
Animals, part of Youth GAZE, the GAZE Film Festival’s youth section, is a film about Pol, an introverted bisexual teenager, studying at an English-language school in Catalonia. With a sullen family life and just a small group of friends, Pol turns to Deerhoof, an imaginary walking, talking teddy bear, for companionship and support.
Animals explores Pol’s existential struggles, caught between his love for Deerhoof and his need to grow up, between a wondrous childhood and a monstrous adulthood, and between his attraction to both boys and girls.
Reminiscent of Donnie Darko and Elephant (but not Ted!), co-starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) and with cinematography by Eduard Grau (A Single Man), Animals is a stupendous debut for first-time filmmaker Forés.
Director Marçal Forés and a special little friend will be in attendance.
Release Date: 1st August, 2013, Genre: Drama, Running Time: 102, Venue: Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 1, 8pm
Join in the festivities at 7:00pm, for a pre-screening reception, and then take your seat for the Opening Night Gala screening of Animals. After the film, the party will continue in the festival club.
Animals will be preceded by a short film, Burger.
Burger – UK 2013, 11 mins Director: Magnus Mork
A snapshot of Cardiff’s night life, Burger is the fourth film to be produced by the Iris Prize and, as a partner festival, GAZE is delighted to screen it.
For more information, go to www.gaze.ie