Gondry’s animated Chomsky doc heads to Berlin

Michel Gondry's animated doc about Noam Chomsky, Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (pictured), will screen in the Panorama program at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.
December 19, 2013

Michel Gondry’s animated documentary about Noam Chomsky, Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (pictured), is to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival next year.

The film, which premiered at DOC NYC in November, uses animation to examine the life of political philosopher Noam Chomsky and will get a theatrical run in North America courtesy of distributor Sundance Selects.

The doc is among the first 19 titles invited to screen during the festival’s Panorama program.

Earlier this week, organizers named 11 films that will screen in the main competition and Berlinale Special programs.

The special program includes Huber Sauper’s documentary Entente Cordiale (We Come As Friends) and Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller’s murder mystery doc The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden. The latter film features the voices of actors Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and Connie Nielsen, among others.

Two documentaries will also screen in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino program, which focuses on the work of up-and-coming German filmmakers.

Amma & Appa chronicles the cultural tensions director Franziska Schönenberger and her fiancé and co-director Jayakrishnan Subramanian encountered while planning their wedding.

In director Georg Nonnenmacher’s 40-minute Raumfahrer, “the observation slit in a prison transport bus gives texture to the thoughts of its passengers,” according to the festival’s official description.

The Berlin International Film Festival takes place February 6 to 16, 2014. More films will be announced in the coming weeks.

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