An evening at KinoKino

We recently spent an evening at the center of art and film KinoKino in Sandnes, just outside of Stavanger. Currently, KinoKino is housing the exhibition Serieglobus, comic book artists’ view on the conflicts of the world. The exhibition is curated by Morten Harper and features work by international artists such as Marjane Satrapis (Persepolis), Ted Rall (The Afghan Sketchbook), Guy Desisle (Burma Chronicles) and Art Spiegelman (Maus).

But seeing Serieglobus was just an added bonus to our visit as our main purpose was to see the screenings of three new animated films: The Lost Thing based on the book by Shaun Tan (Nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award), Angry Man based on the book by Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus (Nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) and A Town called Panic by Belgian animators Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier.

The Lost Thing is a beautifully animated film, true to the spirit and rhythm of the Shaun Tan’s reto-futuristic book.

Watch the trailer here:

Angry man came about as a project to empower children who grow up in families suffering from domestic violence. Both the book and the film have been in the Norwegian Red Cross’s programs to raise awareness against domestic violence. Directed and produced by Anita Kill, it has already received several international short film awards.

Finally, A town called Panic, is a hilariously anarchic animation! The Belgians already have a strong cult following in their home country and it would be surprising if their original sense of humor won’t conquer the rest of Europe.

Two happy filmlovers in the audience: 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recipient Kitty Crowther together with Swedish picture book artist Gunilla Bergström.

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