’TOON INTO ACAD­EMY AWARD CON­TENDERS

An­i­mated shorts World of Tomorrow, Love in the Time of March Mad­ness 2 on short list com­ing to Carl­ton

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The 17th An­nual An­i­ma­tion Show of Shows: The city’s movie the­atres may al­ready be chock full of Cannes favourites and Os­car hope­fuls but surely there’s room for some toons that are strong enough to rank with 2015’s best fea­tures. In fact, three of the 11 selections for the 17th An­nual An­i­ma­tion Show of Shows — a trav­el­ling com­pi­la­tion that starts a bigscreen run at the Carl­ton this week­end — have al­ready made the short­list for the Acad­emy Awards’ an­i­mated short cat­e­gory. At least one of them is a shoo-in for an Os­car nom­i­na­tion when those are an­nounced on Thurs­day.

A ma­jor prizewin­ner at Sun­dance and SXSW last year, World of To­mor

row is the lat­est marvel by Austin­based an­i­ma­tor Don Hertzfeldt. Mix­ing stick-fig­ure draw­ings with more so­phis­ti­cated hand-drawn and dig­i­tal tech­niques, he’s crafted a darkly comedic science-fic­tion vi­gnette about an un­set­tling en­counter be­tween a 4-year-old girl (voiced by the film­maker’s niece) and her adult clone from the dis­tant fu­ture. Rarely has the fun­da­men­tal bleak­ness of the hu­man con­di­tion been ex­pressed with such an ir­re­press­ible sense of whimsy and in­ven­tion. If the makers of Ad­ven­tureTime ever tried to re­make Chris Marker’s La Jetée, it’d feel some­thing like this.

Launched in 1998 by Acme Film­works founder Ron Di­a­mond, the An­i­ma­tion Show of Shows main­tains its rep­u­ta­tion as an in­dis­pens­able show­case for the world’s most ad­ven­tur­ous an­i­ma­tors. Other high­lights of Di­a­mond’s lat­est batch in­clude Melissa John­son and Robertino Zam­brano’s Love in the Time of March Mad­ness, which also made the Acad­emy short­list, and Ge­of­frey Godet and Burcu Sankur’s Tant de

Forêts, a gor­geous French short based on a poem by Jac­ques Prévert. The 17th an­nual edi­tion opens to­day at the Carl­ton.

In­grid Bergman: In Her Own Words: A new doc­u­men­tary by Swedish di­rec­tor Stig Björk­man,

In­grid Bergman: In Her Own Words uses home videos, per­sonal let­ters and in­ter­views to re­veal the pri­vate side of one of Hol­ly­wood’s most iconic ac­tresses. And since Bergman her­self isn’t around to voice her un­guarded thoughts, The Dan­ish Girl’s Ali­cia Vikan­der does the hon­ours for Björk­man’s film, which starts a run at the Bloor to­day.

Good­fel­las: An un­der­world saga that would rate as one of Martin Scors­ese’s mas­ter­works even if it didn’t in­clude Joe Pesci’s great­est on-screen tantrum, Good­fel­las re­cently cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary with a 4K dig­i­tal restora­tion. The fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue with screen­ings at Cine­plex’s Yonge-Dun­das lo­ca­tion to­day at 8 p.m. and Sun­day at 3 p.m. — a new making-of doc ac­com­pa­nies the fea­ture. Wiseguys and gals can enjoy one more big-screen show­ing this week on Wed­nes­day at 9 p.m. at the Carl­ton.

Ja­panese movies at the Bloor: An ac­tion com­edy set in feu­dal Ja­pan is the first of four re­cent Ja­panese movies get­ting free screen­ings at the Bloor this month. The Float­ing Cas­tle plays Sun­day at 1 p.m. Co-pre­sented by the Ja­pan Foun­da­tion and the

Con­sulate-Gen­eral of Ja­pan in Toronto, the se­ries con­tin­ues on Jan. 17 with mati­nees of Leav­ing on the 15th

Spring and Wood Job!

Wel­come to Wakali­wood: In­va­sion

Canada!: Is it too early in the year to get your mind blown? Hope­fully not, since the de­mented masterminds be­hind the Royal’s Laser Blast nights are de­liv­er­ing some­thing very spe­cial to cult-cin­ema afi­ciona­dos for its first 2016 edi­tion. Dubbed Wel­come to Wakali­wood: In­va­sion Canada!, the event cel­e­brates an emerg­ing movie in­dus­try in Wakaliga, a slum on the out­skirts of the Ugan­dan cap­i­tal of Kam­pala. Thanks to YouTube ex­po­sure and cov­er­age by VICE and oth­ers, Wakali­wood’s film­mak­ers have been gar­ner­ing in­ter­na­tional buzz for no-holds-barred, zero-bud­get ac­tion flicks like Op­er­a­tion Kakon­goliro, Who Killed Cap­tain Alex? and The Crazy World, the last of which fea­tures an

all-kids cast. Ac­tor and pro­ducer Alan “Ssali” Hof­ma­nis vis­its the Royal to present a sneak pre­view of the up­com­ing crime epic Bad Black along with more high­lights of Wakali­wood’s wildest wares on Wed­nes­day at 7:30 p.m.

Shorts and pan­els at Canada’s Top

Ten: Though last year’s most ac­claimed Cana­dian fea­tures in­evitably get a big chunk of the spot­light at the Canada’s Top Ten fes­ti­val, this week’s slate at TIFF Bell Light­box in­cludes a wealth of fine shorts pro­grams, guest ap­pear­ances and other spe­cial events. The Top Ten shorts play in two batches on Wed­nes­day at 9 p.m. and Fri­day at 9 p.m. while the best stu­dent works play Fri­day at 6 p.m. In ad­di­tion to on­stage con­ver­sa­tions with Ta­tiana Maslany on Jan. 9 and Kiefer Suther­land on Jan. 16, there’s a free screen­ing of Can-film clas­sic My

Amer­i­can Cousin on Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.

Sleep­ing Gi­ant’s An­drew Ci­vidino is also one of the guests for a free panel on com­ing-of-age sto­ries on Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. (Full dis­clo­sure: I’ll be ful­fill­ing my own pa­tri­otic du­ties as the panel’s moder­a­tor.)

In brief:

á The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera per­forms Wag­ner’s Tannhauser on the screens of se­lect Cine­plex lo­ca­tions on Satur­day at noon.

á Still the ul­ti­mate in both Cute Sasquatch and Cute John Lith­gow films,

Harry and the Hen­der­sons plays a Cool Kids pre­sen­ta­tion at the Carl­ton on Satur­day at 7 p.m.

á A newly minted favourite of bad­movie con­nois­seurs, Dan­ger­ous Men plays the Royal on Tues­day at 7:30 p.m.

á Shorts That Are Not Pants un­veils its first slate of mini-movies for 2016 at the Carl­ton on Thurs­day at 7 p.m.

DON HERTZFELDT

A ma­jor prizewin­ner at Sun­dance and SXSW last year, World of Tomorrow is the lat­est marvel by Austin-based an­i­ma­tor Don Hertzfeldt.

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