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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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