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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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