Contemporary World Cinema | 2017 | 86 minutes
SIFF Says:The classic fairytale gets a dark, stylized re-do in this Italian animated tale by directorial quartet Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, and Dario Sansone. Set almost entirely on an old ship in a dystopian Naples, this story wrings together cabaret numbers, drugs, and everyone’s favorite: teen marriage. Mute 17-year-old Mia is to be married off to the egotistical Salvatore, the lead singer of the ship’s nightclub and an international drug kingpin. Salvatore dreams of turning Naples into the criminal enterprise capitol of the world. Naturally there’s an evil stepmother named Angelica with cabaret-dancing daughters all fixated on making Mia’s quiet existence as miserable as possible; Angelica is in love with Salvatore, a lust that fuels her cruelty towards Mia. In comes Primo, a policeman and former bodyguard of Mia’s late father, who seems to be the only one with Mia’s wellbeing at heart, and will do everything in his power to thwart Salvatore’s diabolical plans for her. Robust 3D animation amidst 2D watercolor backdrops creates a beautifully surreal experience, allowing this film to appeal to our eyes as much as our hearts.
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