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Veterans Film Festival - And We Were Young screening + Short Film

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Veterans Film Festival remembers 100 years ago, when the United States entered WWI

Saturday, 21 October 2017 (6:30pm to 8:00pm)

SUGGESTED ARRIVAL TIME: 6:00PM


And We Were Young (Animation) 75mins

Director: Andy Smetanka

Synopsis: And We Were Young is a stop-motion, silhouette-animation oral history of American soldiers, 'Doughboys,' in the last months of the Great War. Missoula, Montana animator Andy Smetanka cut thousands of paper figures and colored backgrounds and filmed them one frame at a time, on a Soviet-era Super 8 camera, over the course of three years to produce a brutal, hauntingly beautiful, and thoroughly original vision of America's war, narrated entirely in the words of the ones who were there.

Veterans Film Festival is proud to present a special film event with the Australian premiere of And We Were Young, adapted from “Doughboy War: The American Expeditionary Force in World War I,” by James H. Hallas. Three years and over 250,000 individual frames in the making, this stop-action animated oral history of American soldiers (‘Doughboys’) in France during the last months of the Great War is brought to life by Montana filmmaker Andy Smetanka. Brutal and beautiful, Smetanka’s first feature film paints an unforgettable picture of the “war to end all wars,” narrated with the words of the men who survived.

Adapted from: http://bozemanfilmsociety.org/film/and-we-were-young/


IT WOULD PISS ME OFF TO DIE SO YOOOOOUNG

Director: Filipe Abranches

Synopsis: Several soldiers, hidden behind masks, march off to war. This impressively animated story shows their journey to the battlefield takes us on a voyage towards inevitable catastrophe. It is the First World War and a Portuguese soldier, wearing a gas mask, hides from the abstract fog. While inhaling mustard gas, used as a chemical weapon during WW1, symbolic visions appear before him in a claustrophobic series of events. »It would piss me off to die so yoooooung« is Abranches third animated short film.

Oh, little soldier, jaunting happily towards the war, you pay no heed to the red petal you carry, marking the ones who'll fall. Such petal is the sign of the mustard yellow death that will smother you in the pestiferous, muddy trenches. Not, however, without introducing you to some of the damned that have left already, and who are waiting for you in the fields of desolation.


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