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It has established itself as the place for quirky and edgy film. Yet this year's Ottawa animation feature selection reveals a realist undertone as well.

'Cutting-edge', 'thoughtful', and 'outrageous' is some of the words the festival is self-described throughout its 39 years.  Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)  once again brings to the fore some of the most interesting animation around the world.

But this year's 4 feature films in competition have a realistic statement underwritten in their animation genes.

Damian Anca's The Magic Mountain belongs to the genre of animated documentary with an almost infinity of animating techniques and styles It tells the true story of Adam Jacek Winkler, a Polish refugee who fled to Paris in the 1960s and later finds himself heading to war in Afghanistan. His first-person narration to his daughter, Ania, only makes the film more poignant.

Even though SAM's POS ESO belongs to the comedy horror extreme side, the story of the possessed child is served in conjunction wtih a relentless critique of media (mostly TV) and its practices.

 SAM never lets go of the fact that visual culture is more horrific than the actual Devil.

Adama is the first feature-length film from French writer/director Simon Rouby. The film, which premiered at the 2015 Annecy festival, Adama is the story of our 12 year-old us hero and his decision to leave the remote West African village  to find his missing older brother, Samba

His story of self-fulfilment may be full with supernatural surprises, but his need to escape and his adventure still looks a very contemporary one

In the feature film adaptation of the Cartoon Network series Over the Garden Wall, the tale of two brothers, Wirt and Greg, in the forest is filled with quimsical incidents. Still, with Elijah Wood on the voice acting business, things are not that scary and quirky -and sometimes can be very familiar indeed.

This year's OIAF runs September 16th-20th.





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