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The Sommets du cinéma d’animation unveil their opening and closing films

April 12th, 2022

The Sommets du cinéma d'animation unveil today the opening and closing films of their 20th edition which will be held from May 10 to 15 at the Cinémathèque québécoise. The Quebec premiere of THE NEIGHBOURS OF MY NEIGHBOURS ARE MY NEIGHBOURS, co-directed by Anne-Laure Daffis and Léo Marchand, will open the festival on Tuesday, May 10. This hilarious French animated feature received rave reviews in France when it was released last February, garnering four stars in Première magazine and three pages of praise in the influential Blink Blank magazine. The biggest animation event in Quebec will be closing on Sunday, May 15, with the presentation of the joyful and touching FORTUNE FAVORS LADY NIKUKO by Japanese director Ayumu Watanabe, which was included in the official selection of the 2021 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Having received numerous awards and distinctions since its release, including the Award of Excellence at the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival, the feature film is based on the homonymous novel by Kanako Nishi.

OPENING FILM

LES VOISINS DE MES VOISINS SONT MES VOISINS

*An ogre breaks his teeth on the eve of Saint-Festin Day, the great ogre festival. A magician misses his woman cut in two trick and loses his assistant's legs. An over-equipped hiker gets stuck in an elevator for days. An old man falls in love with a pair of runaway legs. A mother entrusts her children to the neighbor on the evening of Saint-Festin Day... In a building, the intertwined destinies of ten real neighbors or neighbors of neighbors, grappling with the dramas, pleasures, surprises and hazards of everyday life.

A film by Anne-Laure Daffis and Léo Marchand. With the voices of Arielle Dombasle, François Morel and Valérie Mairesse.

Les voisins de mes voisins sont mes voisins will be presented on Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm at the Cinémathèque québécoise.

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CLOSING FILM

FORTUNE FAVORS LADY NIKUKO

Nikuko embarrasses Kikuko as any mom of a preteen would, but Nikuko’s bold spirit makes her especially well-known in a town where Kikuko herself wants nothing more than to simply blend in. As Kikuko navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school, enhanced with touches of magical realism from her ever-present imagination, a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot the pair’s tender relationship.

A film by Ayumu Watanabe.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko will be presented on Sunday, May 15 at 7:30 pm at the Cinémathèque québécoise.

Watch the trailer