March 10, 2007
There is lots of programming today at the Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). There's something for everybody.

If you missed the documentary Il Etait Un Fois... Walt Disney when it aired late last year with English subtitles, it will be showing again today and Sunday in French at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where the exhibit of the same name has just started its North American run. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. (4:30 on Sunday) and is preceded by a documentary (with some animated sequences) on Kinder Surprise, a guilty pleasure of mine. (Note that today and tomorrow are also your last two chances to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the museum).

If you're all Disneyed out, at 4:30 p.m. there is a screening of Parnography, a documentary about Estonian animator Pritt Parn and his contemparies. It repeats later in the week.

The documentary airs with Drawing Lessons and Histoires Mysterieuses d'Aujourd'hui, a collection of six Japanese tales of horror and does not have the typical hallmarks of mainstream Japanese animation. Both sound utterly fascinating.

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March 9, 2006
The International Festival of Films on ArtMontreal is a happening city. The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) begins today, wrapping up on the 19th of March, 2006. As the press release states: "The only cinematic event of its kind in North America, FIFA is the largest festival of films on art in the world." I always love when animation focuses on the subject of art and art history, and the trailer for this year's festival features a grand example by Juan Pablo Etcheverry of Spain (Quicktime preview). Inspired by Picasso's ground-breaking painting Guernica from 1937, the animated short is titled Minotauromaquia, Pablo dans le labyrinthe. It's not the first short I've seen inspired by Guernica, but I'm quite certain Picasso would have appreciated the attention. In fact, I think Pablo would have enjoyed animating a thing or two in his day. His etching The Dream and Lie of Franco (also from 1937) reads like a fine storyboard for an animated short.
The Dream and Lie of Franco

Act fast. Minotauromaquia, Pablo dans le labyrinthe already appears to be sold out for Saturday, March 18, but tickets remain for Thursday, March 16 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montreal.

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