Open your senses to a refreshingly original, uniquely animated feature film from Brazil. Cuca, a small boy, lives a life of quiet wonder exploring all that the countryside has to offer. But his cozy life is shattered when his father has to leave for the city to find a job. Cuca’s quest to reunite the family sends him on an adventurous journey. Director Alê Abreu’s striking style employs crayon-like drawings, kaleidoscopic images and watercolors that explode with vibrant color. The film’s music—a soundscape of pan flute, samba and Brazilian hip-hop—is on equal footing with the stunning visuals as it mixes with the whirling carnival colors and exploding fireworks. Audiences of all ages will experience different levels of the same narrative when the seemingly simple story becomes a cautionary tale. Winner of Cristal Award for Best Feature Film and Audience Award at the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Age recommendation: 8+