From the distributor that brought you Academy Award nominees Song of the Sea, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The Secret of Kells, and more comes a true work of art: the critically-acclaimed, visually electrifying musical odyssey BOY AND THE WORLD. Having already won awards in over 40 film festivals, Boy and the World is being hailed by IndieWire as “unequivocally the best animated film of the year.”

Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s multiple award-winning masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and color, a breathtakingly original and vibrant cinematic experience that depicts the wonders and struggles of the modern world as seen through the eyes of a young boy. The film originally began as a documentary on the Latin American protest songs of the 60s and 70s. It was an exploration of resistance and protest through music, a concept that holds true in the narrative that Boy and the World ultimately became.

Boy and the World tells the story of a young boy named Cuca whose cozy countryside life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. Entirely wordless, the narrative describes a clash between poor and rich, countryside and city, indigenous and imperial, handcrafted and mechanized — and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. Accompanying the stunning visuals is a rich soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop, creating the powerful visceral experience of a passage through life.

The film opens at IFC Center on December 11th, with director Alê Abreu in person at select shows! Special offer for Hyperallergic readers: 25% off tickets using discount code: HYPER

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