Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image
Presented by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A.
Belgium/France/Netherlands. Dir. Jan Bultheel. 2015, 96 mins. In Dutch, French, Russian, Chinese, and English with English subtitles. With Wim Willaert, Dinara Drukarova, Sebastien Dewaele, Maarten Ketels. This visually dazzling feat of motion-capture animation is a hallucinatory tale of heroism and revenge set amidst the horrors of World War I. As Jean Mordant is crowned the world-wrestling champion in Brazil, thousands of miles away in Belgium, his teenage daughter is raped by German soldiers. Hell-bent on vengeance, Mordant enlists in the newly formed armored-car division of the Belgian army, the beginning of a journey that will take him from Europe to Asia to America and through the waking nightmare of war. The stunningly stylized visuals enhance the shattering psychological impact of this animated tour-de-force.
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