Animals (Opening Night Gala)

Thursday 01 August
8:00pm
Screen 1

Spain
2012
91 mins
Director: Marçal Forés

Animals - Burger

Pol is an introverted bisexual teenager, studying at an English-language school in Catalonia. With a sullen family life and just a small group of friends, Pol turns to Deerhoof, an imaginary walking, talking teddy bear, for companionship and support.

Animals explores Pol’s existential struggles, caught between his love for Deerhoof and his need to grow up, between a wondrous childhood and a monstrous adulthood, and between his attraction to both boys and girls.

Reminiscent of Donnie Darko and Elephant (but not Ted!), co-starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) and with cinematography by Eduard Grau (A Single Man), Animals is a stupendous debut for first-time filmmaker Forés.

Director Marçal Forés and a special little friend will be in attendance.

Animals will be preceded by a short film, Burger.

Burger

UK
201311 mins
Director: Magnus Mork

A snapshot of Cardiff’s night life, Burger is the fourth film to be produced by the Iris Prize and, as a partner festival, GAZE is delighted to screen it.