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Brisbane test features animation, WW II retro

Three-time Oscar-winning animation guru Faith Hubley is set to attend the fourth Brisbane Intl. Film Festival, which runs Aug. 3-14. Hubley will present a retrospective of her work, plus her latest release, the 1994 New York Expo Gold Animation Award winner “Seers and Clowns.”

The fest officially was announced with a June 7 media screening of Russian director Yuri Mamin’s “Window to Paris” by actor-filmmaker Yahoo Serious (“Young Einstein”) and Queensland arts minister Dean Wells.

Festival artistic director Anne Demy-Geroe has selected more than 70 world cinema features, which includes an Indian and Sri Lankan showcase, an animation spotlight featuring the bow of Barry Purves’ “Achilles,” documentaries, short films, gay and lesbian films and Australian work.

“The Pacific War on Celluloid” focuses on World War II material, plus a selection of international films including Cary Grant starrer “Destination Tokyo,” 1958 classic “South Pacific,” Eric Porter’s “A Son Is Born,” 1938 Chinese classic epie “Eight Hundred Heroes” and “The Harp of Burma.”

Young German filmmaker Fred Keleman is a confirmed guest and will present the Australian premiere of his critically acclaimed first feature, “Fate.”

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