VIFF 2014: The Boy and the World takes a dizzying voyage

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      The Boy and the World (Brazil)

      This animated treasure, delivered in old-fashioned 2-D, starts slow and builds steadily as it depicts a rural youngster’s engagement with the wider world. Although some of the hand-drawn imagery is recognizably Brazilian, the film’s language is made-up. The action becomes faster, funnier, and more intensely designed as the boy travels farther from home, in Möbius-strip fashion. Alê Abreu’s second animated feature is supported by a musical score so colourfully varied it could by itself put stories in your head.

      SFU, September 25 (1:30 p.m.); International Village, September 28 (10:30 a.m.) and October 2 (7 p.m.)