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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

The Canadian behind The Danish Poet

Norwegian-born Montrealer Torill Kove, winner of the best short animation Oscar for The Danish Poet talks hand-drawn animation with the Globe & Mail. “I thought maybe if I was half my age, I would be tempted to uproot and try to live out here. But I’m rooted in Montreal . . . and I’m happy to continue what I do there, although my husband and tall_hair.jpgI did discuss very briefly today the idea of coming here for his next sabbatical. But you never know,” she said… The Danish Poet traces a complicated story told as simply as possible about chance encounters in Norway and Denmark leading to love… Given the film’s comparatively simple animation and yet complex plot (all narrated by the Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann), could Kove’s win be viewed just as much as a reaction against the busy computer-generated animation in some of the other nominated films? “The [other] films nominated for the Oscar were not necessarily representative of what is going on in the international animation community, because there is quite a lot of handmade animation going on… It’s starting to look to me like there’s room for everybody. Of course when any of these big studios are going to put out a film, it’s going to have high production values, and in all likelihood computer-animated. But I don’t think it’s indicative of any trend. Handmade animation is alive and well.” [Excerpt here.]

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