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World Festival of Animated Film /
7 to 12 June 2021
World Festival of Animated Film / 7 to 12 June 2021
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ANIMAFEST PRO | BOOK PRESENTATIONS

Andrijana Ružić: Michael Dudok de Wit. A Life in Animation / Xavier Kawa-Topor, Ilan Nguyên: Michael Dudok de Wit. Le cinéma d'animation sensible

09/06 WED 17:00 KINO TUŠKANAC

Moderator: Midhat Ajanović Ajan

Andrijana Ružić: Michael Dudok de Wit. A Life in Animation

This unique survey of the career of Michael Dudok de Wit discusses all of his works and offers a glimpse into his private life. The biography of this European master of 2D animation, born in The Netherlands and based in London, is the first complete overview of the well-defined and canonic opus of this humble genius. Visually and thematically, Dudok de Wit’s poetic and singular style of animation differs from the rest of contemporary independent animation production. This book reveals what still challenges and thrills Dudok de Wit in the art of animation and why he persistently continues to believe in the beauty of hand-drawn animation.

Key Features
The complete animation production of Michael Dudok de Wit, never-before reviewed in one volume.
An all-embracing approach regarding this author, unavailable elsewhere in one place (his biography, his peculiar method of work, his extracurricular activities).
An ad hoc glossary of animation written by Michael Dudok de Wit and a critical reception of his body of work with a wide contribution of his colleagues and collaborators.

Xavier Kawa-Topor, Ilan Nguyên: Michael Dudok de Wit. Le cinéma d'animation sensible

In a long interview with Xavier Kawa-Topor and Ilan Nguyên, Michael Dudok de Wit discusses episodes of his life and his artistic journey, from his childhood memories in The Netherlands to the release of The Red Turtle. Film by film, the conversation turns to each one of his personal works by reviewing their creative circumstances and their artistic stakes. Far from the usual technical considerations of “how to make an animated film”, Michael Dudok de Wit shares a reflection on the practice of animation as an art and the place it occupies in his life. For him, certain themes are particularly important: intuition, story, solitude, universality... This book does not provide any definitive answer on the question of artistic creation: the artist prefers learning by oneself to teaching, the exercise of curiosity and independence.