Palme Winner Anima 2016

"I always look forward to Anima Brussels.  It is the first festival that I attend each year, and it lasts nine days, and includes three programs of new short films from Belgium.  I especially enjoyed The Long Vacation (De longues vacances) by Caroline Nugues-Bourchat.  The 15 minute film starts out happily enough with what appears to be a family on a camping holiday at the seaside.  The film soon reveals that all is not well, the father has lost his job and the family has nowhere else to live except in the small caravan.  While Louise is discovering the pleasures of the beach her parents are becoming more and more depressed.  This is a situation far too many families are facing and Caroline’s film does an excellent job of portraying how this insecure situation affects the entire family."

Nancy Phelps