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Magnolia Pictures is now screening Kunio Katō's Academy Award-nominated "Le Maison en Petits Cubes" anime film as part of The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2009 collection in movie theaters across the United States. Magnolia posted a list of the theaters that are now showing the collection and will show it in the near future.
Katō's 12-minute work uses paper drawings and 2D computer graphics to tell the story of a grandfather's memories as he adds more blocks to his house to stem the flooding waters. Katō already won the Annecy Cristal and a Junior Jury Award at France's Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market in June, as well as the Hiroshima Prize and the Audience Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in August.
Update: The other nominated animated shorts in the collection are Konstantin Bronzit's "Lavatory - Lovestory," Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand's "Oktapodi," Doug Sweetland's "Presto," and Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes' "This Way Up." Five more animated shorts — Marc Craste's "Varmints," Matthew Walker's "John and Karen," Blur Studios' "Gopher Broke," Jérémy Clapin's "Skhizein," and Bill Plympton's "Hot Dog" — and the live-action Oscar nominees fill out the billing.
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