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The battle of the animals

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Eight films arrive in the Dutch theatres this week: three European films take on three North American productions and two from Asia, both distributed by 1 More Film. And up against the remake of King Kong by Peter Jackson, which invades 150 screens, films aimed at a young public are putting on their best show.

A-Film launches into the fray with Le Couperet [+see also:
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by Costa-Gavras and above all Pelican Man, second feature from Finnish Liisa Helminen, a production by Lumifilm Oy, aided by Eurimages and screened at Berlin’s Kinderfilmfest. This film for young people, which tells of the transformation of a pelican into a man, won the Jussi Awards 2005 (the Finnish Césars) best Set Design and best Sound and also nominations for Best Actor for Kari Ketonen and Best Photography for Timo Salminen.

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Inspire Pictures brings a third animal into the arena with The adventures of the little mole (De Avonturen Van Het Molletje), a collection of seven shorts from Czech Zdenek Miler. Made between 1957 and 1975, the famous painter and illustrator animated numerous adventures of a little mole, made at the Barranov studios.

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