On Friday December 4th, the Student Animation League (SAL) hosted an advance screening at Tisch of the animated feature, Boy and the World.
Directed by Brazilian director and screenwriter Alê Abreu, the film follows Cuco, a young boy, as he journeys from his rural home to a strange industrial city in search of his father. The film is entirely wordless, told through stunning visuals and a rich soundtrack which features a blend of traditional pan-flutes and Brazilian hip-hop. It has gained international attention, cited by IndieWire as "the best animated film of the year," and has been nominated for the Annie's Best Independent Animated Feature award.
A discussion with film students followed the film. Unlike most modern animated features which use 3D animation, Boy and the World mixes hand-crafted animation with digital techniques to create a visually unique experience. The screening was a great opportunity for animation and film students to see international and independently-produced work.
Boy and the World is distributed by GKids and opened at IFC on December 11th. The film will be accompanied by a Q&A with the director at the following screenings: Friday, December 11 at 7:30pm, Saturday, December 12 at 1:10, 7:30, & 9:30pm, and Sunday, December 13 at 1:25pm.
The Student Animation League offers screenings, lectures, workshops, and other animation-related events for all students from any discipline. Students interested in learning more can visit animation.tisch.nyu.edu/sal.