WATERSHIP DOWN – and featured short: ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE
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Saturday, November 12
The 33rd Annual Olympia Film Festival presents
With this passion project, screenwriter-producer-director Martin Rosen brilliantly achieved what had been thought nearly impossible: a faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic British dystopian novel about a community of rabbits under terrible threat from modern forces. With its naturalistic hand-drawn animation, dreamily expressionistic touches, gorgeously bucolic background design, and elegant voice work from such superb English actors as John Hurt, Ralph Richardson, Richard Briers, and Denholm Elliott, Watership Down is an emotionally arresting, dark-toned allegory about freedom amid political turmoil. This film does not pull any punches, so please think twice about bringing your kids if you don’t think they can handle savage rabbit combat and animated bloodshed.
Director: Martin Rosen / 1978 / UK / 92 min
The origins and mysterious fate of The Tree of Life are illuminated in this cheery and colorful animated short.