On the list of animated short films competing for the 83rd Academy Awards, “Madagascar, a Journey Diary” (Carnet de Voyage) takes you on a surreal aesthetic trip to the famous African island. In a little over 11 minutes, an european traveler braves new territory and records everything into his diary. As pages turn, his colorful drawings come alive with an exciting soundtrack recorded by local musicians. Beyond the majestic landscapes of Madagascar, the audience learns about the Fadihama traditions.
This is the first Academy Award nomination for french director Bastien Dubois. Upon making the short, he used different animation techniques that add a lot to the experience. So if you're in the NYC area, be smart and check out the Independent Film Center (IFC) showcase of the five animated short films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, plus two additional films named to the Academy’s shortlist. Click here to see the showtimes.
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