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MIPTV Picks ’16: Life, Animated

With his autism preventing him from speaking for years, Owen Suskind turns to the Disney movies he has memorized to express himself through the characters he identifies with, offering his family a window into his innermost thoughts.
March 15, 2016


Partners: A&E lndieFilms, Motto Pictures, Roger Ross Williams Productions; distributed in North America by The Orchard, international sales handled by Dogwoof
Length: 1 x 89 minutes
Premiered: January 2016 (Sundance)
Rights available: World excluding UK, North America, Scandinavia, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia/NZ

This critically acclaimed feature from Oscar-awarded director Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda, Music By Prudence) tells the story of Owen Suskind, son of Pulitzer PrizeĀ­ winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife Cornelia. With his autism preventing him from speaking for years, Owen turns to the Disney movies he has memorized to express himself through the characters he identifies with, offering his family a window into his innermost thoughts. In addition to the critical praise, the film grabbed the best directing award in the U.S. competition at Sundance for Williams.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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