Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) took home the Cristal Award for a Feature Film at the 2014 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Directed by Brazilian artist Alê Abreu, the hand-drawn animated film tells the story of a fatherless boy who leaves his village “to discover a world dominated by animal machines and strange beings” and shows an interpretation of the problems of the world through the eyes of a child.
The film, which is representative of the “fast-growing and creatively adventurous Brazilian animation scene,” has been picked up by GKids for distribution in North America. Dave Jesteadt, director of distribution at GKids, said about it:
“From the very first notes on screen, ‘Boy and the World’ announces itself as a special film, and a true discovery. We are excited to bring director Ale Abreu’s very personal film to North America and share a compassionate musical epic that domestic audiences are sure to embrace.”
For more information on the other winners at the 2014 Annecy festival, visit their website.