24.9. - 3.10.2020

Life, Animated USA, France 2016 | 89 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour | FF 2016

Roger Ross Williams

RogerRoss Williams (*1973) won an Oscar® in 2010 for Best Documentary Short for Music by Prudence. In 2013, he made hisfirst full-length film in the form of the documentary God Loves Uganda which investigated the connection between Christian proselytization and homophobia in Uganda.

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Documentary When Owen Suskind was three years old, his parents noticed there was something not quite right about him. The doctors diagnosed autism. The chances weren't good that Owen would ever leave his inner isolation and be able to communicate with other people. But then something unexpected happened: by chance. the parents discovered that the boy had a great affinity for animated Disney films. The characters and the language of the colourful fantasy worlds opened a doorway for Owen – and helped him develop in a way no-one had imagined. The film is based on the eponymous book by Owen's father Ron Suskind and uses archive footage and animation sequences to show the miraculous road Owen took to become a confident, independent adult. A touching homage to human endeavour and the power of cinema.
Orig. Title: Life, Animated
Filmtype: Documentary Feature
Original language: English
Section: Transatlantic
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Screenplay: Ron Suskind
Cast: Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind
Producer: Roger Ross Williams,Julie Goldman
Sprachfassung: OV with German subtitles
Music: Dylan Stark, Todd Griffin
Director of Photography: Thomas Bergmann
Production Design:
Editor: David Teague
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor: NFP marketing & distribution GmbH
World Sales:
Production: A&E IndieFilms; Motto Pictures; Roger Ross Williams Productions
Contact: Martina Hedwig, NFP marketing & distribution GmbH:


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