22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows

Sunday, February 12, 2023
88 minutes
Animation, Short Films
Not Rated 
Various Languages, Subtitled in English

This 22nd edition comprises 10 films — nine recent, along with one restored classic — which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises. All are inventive, their tone ranges from the whimsical to the profound; their techniques, from stop-motion to hand-drawn to computer-aided.

The nine new films come from Europe, Asia, and North America. The program culminates with a striking restored 4K digital remaster by the Academy Film Archive of Frederic Back’s classic 1987 Oscar-winner, “The Man Who Planted Trees.”

This year’s films are:
Beyond Noh — Patrick Smith/Kaori Ishida (U.S./Japan)
Empty Places — Geoffroy de Crecy (France)
Beseder (Good and Better) — Gil Alkabetz (Germany)
Zoizoglyphe — Jeanne Apergis (France)
Rain (Deszcz) — Piotr Milczarek (Poland)
Average Happiness — Maja Gehrig (Switzerland)
Aurora — Jo Meuris (U.S.)
Yes-People — Gísli Darri Halldórsson (Iceland)
Ties — Dina Velikovskaya (Germany/Russia)
The Man Who Planted Trees — Frederic Back (Canada)
For assistance with accessible seating at The Cary Theater please contact the general box office at 919-462-2055, and/or reach out to the House Manager beginning one hour prior to the screening or performance.