GKIDS’s ‘Nocturna’ will now make its Chicago premier in the highly contested position as the Opening Night film of the Cine Youth Festival. Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival will present the film on Thursday, May 5 as part of the internationally competitive film festival for students aged 22 and younger.
Highly imaginative and appropriate for all ages, ‘Nocturna’ explores the mystery of the night in a sweeping nocturnal adventure full of wildly creative characters and moody, dream-inspired landscapes. Have you ever wondered why your hair looks funny in the morning or where the sounds outside your window come from at night? A young boy named Tim finds out after an unusual discovery on the rooftop of his orphanage plunges him into the secret world of Nocturna, inhabited by curious creatures who control the night.
There are hairdressers who specialize in bed-heads, dream writers, and a vast herd of guardian cats led by the gigantic Cat Shepherd. Yet this world is in danger: the stars in the sky are disappearing, kids are becoming restless at night, and a mysterious shadow creature is haunting the empty streets, extinguishing anything that gives off light. If Tim and the Cat Shepherd can’t set things right, nighttime will never be the same!
Animated in fluid 2D with a highly anime-inspired character design, directors Adrià García and Víctor Maldonado have perfectly combined the beauty of magic with the sense of menace it may create. Such an atmosphere is further enhanced by the stunning score by French composer Nicolas Errera. The screening will be immediately followed by an entertaining reception featuring hot-dogs, cotton candy, a button making station and more. Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP required by emailing email@example.com (link sends e-mail).
“We are so excited to present Nocturna as our Opening Night film this year,” said Rebecca Fons, CineYouth Festival Director and Education Director at the Chicago International Film Festival. “The film is delightful – I know families and film lovers alike will be charmed by the magic and imagination of the film, and we couldn’t be happier to present an internationally-made animated film to kick off CineYouth.”
Although ‘Nocturna’ was released in the US in 2014, this will be the film’s Chicago premier. Supported by Presenting Partners Bloomberg Philanthropies and Columbia College Chicago, CineYouth continues through May 7th with free film screenings of short films made by filmmakers 22 years old and younger.