UPDATES DEC 2012
The Monster of Nix will be broadcasted on Dutch TV on XMas Day!
For the Dutchies:
Be sure to tune in to Ned2 on XMas Day 24. december 2012 at 3pm.
when the AVRO, who also participated on the film, will broadcast NIX.
Nomination for the “Golden Calf" on the Dutch Film Festival 2011.
Winner of the “Best Original Film Score" at Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand.
Winner of the “Best Animation Award" at the Filmets festival of Badalona, Spain.
Winner of the “Public Prize Best Short Film" at the Utopiales Film Festival, France.
Winner of the “Best Short Film" at the CMS Int Childrens Film Fest 2012, Lucknow, India.
Winner of the “Best Music" at La Cabina Medium Length Film Fest in Valecia, Spain.
Official Dutch Entry in the Animated Short category for the “Academy Awards 2012”.
Netherlands : The Monster of Nix was theatrically released at Halloween 2011.
Half an hour film for the price of half a ticket! The film will be broadcasted on Dutch public TV by AVRO.
Belgium : The Monster of Nix was released in the cinemas on 21st of December 2011. It is shown together with ‘Peter and the Wolf’ [Animation Short Film Academy Award 2008]
France : The Monster of Nix was broadcasted by Canal+.
…for the good people who didn’t get a chance to see “The Monster of Nix” and for the ones wanting to see it again. And again:
We are very pleased to announce that the 30-minute animated musical film is finally available on DVD
This release is PAL-only and includes English, Dutch and French subtitles.
Note to our U.S. (and other NTSC oriented) friends: The DVD is Region Code 0 and will play just fine on laptops and regular DVD players. However, NTSC television sets will have problems with it.
With the disc comes a set of 8 Nix character stickers, badges and a postcard as well as a password granting online access to a 50-minute making-of documentary.
The DVD is yours for 14,50 euros (incl. postage within Europe) or 16 euros (rest of world).
Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Order NIX DVD”.
UPDATES OCT 2012
The Monster of Nix is shortlisted for the Cézars (the “French Oscars”)!
Nomations will be announced in januari 2013.
09 - 18 Nov 2012 LA CABINA Valencia, Spain
30 Oct 2012 RAZOR REEL FANTASTIC FILM FEST Brugge, Belgium
10 - 19 Oct 2012 I’VE SEEN FILMS Milan, Italy
05 - 14 Oct 2012 ANIM’EST Bucharest, Romania
20 - 23 Sep 2012 SOMNIO FILMFESTIVAL Alkmaar/Bergen, Netherlands
19 - 23 Sep 2012 OTTAWA INT. ANIMATION FESTIVAL Ottawa, Canada
07 - 16 Sep 2012 ANIMACURSED FESTIVAL Brazil
14 Sep 2012 INCUBATE FESTIVAL, Tilburg, Netherlands
07 - 12 Sep 2012 RHODE ISLAND INT. FILM FESTIVAL USA
01 - 03 Sep 2012 BUMBERSHOOT Seattle, USA
27 August 2012 BRIDGNORTH FESTIVAL UK
20 - 25 August 2012 ODENSE INT. FILM FEST Odense, Denmark
17- 23 August 2012 CINEMA DIGITAL SEOUL FILM FEST Seoul
19 - 22 July 2012 COUNTRYSIDE ANIMAFEST Cyprus
06 - 22 July 2012 EUGANEA FILM FEST
05 - 08 July 2012 TORONTO ANIMATION FESTIVAL, Canada
13 - 17 June 2012 MAUI FILM FEST, Maui
15 June 2012 ARCIPELAGO
15 June 2012 CINEMA JOVE Valencia, Spain
04 June 2012 TABOR FILM FEST
25 May- 03 June 2012 ANIMAFEST Zagreb, Kroatia
25-31 May 2012 ANIMABASAURI FILM FESTIVAL Bilbao, Spain
08-13 May 2012 INT. TRICKFILM-FESTIVAL Stuttgart, Germany
02-11 May 2012 CURTOCIRCUITO Santiago de Compostella, Spain
26 Apr - 1 May 2012 ANIFEST Teplice, Czech Republic
26 - 30 Apr 2012 MEDIAWAVE Gvor, Hungary
13 April 2012 BRIVE FESTIVAL France
13 April 2012 BOSCH ART FILM Den Bosch, The Netherlands
13-29 April 2012 MECAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Barcelona, Spain
13-22 April 2012 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL Sarasota, United States
10-16 Apr 2012 GULFS FILM FESTIVAL Dubai, UAE
10-16 Apr 2012 CMS INT CHILDRENS FILM FEST Lucknow, India
10-15 April 2012 ASPEN SHORTFEST Aspen, United States
30 Mar - 6 Apr 2012 FESTIVAL DE CINEMA EUROPEEN Lille, France
28 Mar - 1 Apr 2012 HOLLAND ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL Utrecht, Netherlands
28 Mar - 1 Apr 2012 BRIDGNORTH ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL UK
27 Mar - 1 Apr 2012 FUTURE FILM Italy
26-27 March 2012 MEDINA FILM FESTIVAL Medina del Campo, Spain
14-18 March 2012 GO SHORT Nijmegen, The Netherlands
09-15 March 2012 0110 IDFF, New Delhi, India
05-11 March 2012 FREEZE FRAME Winnipeg, Canada
02-25 March 2012 NYC INT. CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL New York City, USA
20 Feb-04 March 2012 FESTIVAL FANTASPORTO Porto, Portugal
27 Jan-04 Feb 2012 INT. SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Clermont Ferrand, France
16 Dec 2011 12th SOTTODICIOTTO FILMFESTIVAL TURIN Young screen, Turin
07-13 December 2011 FESTIVAL NATIONAL FILM D’ANIMATION Bruz, France
10-17 Dec 2011 FESTIVAL DE CINEMA EUROPEEN DES ARCS Des Arcs, France
05-10 December 2011 FESTIVAL TOUS COURTS Aix-en-Provence, France
05-18 December 2011 ANIMATEKA Ljubljana, Slovenia
03-10 December 2011 KORTFILMFESTIVAL LEUVEN Leuven, Belgium
01-04 December 2011 SOMMETS DU CINEMA D’ANIMATION Montreal, Canda
30 Nov-02 Dec 2011 EXPOTOONS Buenos Aires, Argentina
18-27 November 2011 FESTIVAL DU FILM COURT Villeurbanne, France
14-20 November 2011 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN FILM FESTIVAL Mumbai, India
09-13 November 2011 LES UTOPIALES Nantes, France
09-13 November 2011 FREDRIKSTAD ANIMATION FESTIVAL Fredrikstad, Norway
08-12 November 2011 ANIMATION FESTIVAL Bradford, United Kingdom
04-06 November 2011 INT. FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION St. Petersburg, Russia
04-12 November 2011 FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE FILMET Badalona, Spain
04-09 November 2011 IFF BRATISLAVA Bratislava, Slovak Republic
03-20 November 2011 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Leeds, United Kingdom
24-30 October 2011 ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL TINDIRINDIS Vilnius, Lithuania
21-30 October 2011 CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL Chicago, United States
21-23 October 2011 ART FUTURA Bilbao, Spain
12-21 October 2011 CINEKID Amsterdam, The Netherlands
18-23 October 2011 UN FESTIVAL C’EST TROP COURT Nice, France
14 October 2011 TAP CINEMA Poitiers, France
13 October 2011 CINEMA SANDWICH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12-21 October 2011 CINEKID Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12-27 October 2011 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL London, United Kingdom
10-14 October 2011 LES UTOPIALES DE NANTES Nantes, France
07-16 October 2011 ANIM’EST Bucharest, Romania
06-10 October 2011 FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL FANTASTIC Sitges, Spain
04-08 October 2011 BALKANIMA Belgrade, Serbia
24-30 September 2011 FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL D’ANIMATION Krok, Ukraine
21-30 September 2011 NEDERLANDS FILM FESTIVAL Utrecht, The Netherlands
07-10 September 2011 ANIMANIMA Cacak, Serbia
06-11 September 2011 FANTOCHE ANIMATION FESTIVAL Baden, Switzerland
01-08 September 2011 CIRCUITO OFF Venice, Italy
27 August 2011 BLACKROCK ANIMATION FESTIVAL Dublin, Ireland
19-21 August 2011 LOWLANDS FESTIVAL Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands
17-18 August 2011 ANIMIX ANIMATION FESTIVAL Tel Aviv, Israel
04-09 June 2011 ANNECY ANIMATION FESTIVAL Annecy, France
THE MONSTER OF NIX / OFFICIAL TRAILER
THE MONSTER OF NIX / TEASER 02
TOM WAITS AND TERRY GILLIAM JOIN VOICE CAST OF THE MONSTER OF NIX
New Rosto A.D film in official selection at Annecy Animated Film Festival
Musician/actor Tom Waits and director Terry Gilliam are the singular names to join the voice cast of The Monster of Nix, the latest film by Dutch artist/filmmaker Rosto. The highly anticipated dark fairy tale is in official selection at the Annecy Animated Film Festival, the world’s leading festival for animated films.
AMSTERDAM – April 05, 2011
The Monster of Nix is a 30-minute long animated musical which tells the story of Willy, a troubled boy who fights the destructive force of an all-devouring monster in the village of Nix. The existentialist fairy tale is as compelling and visually overwhelming as Rosto’s previous films, but this time it’s suitable for kids from 10 to 100.
Tom Waits gave his voice to one of the main characters, Virgil, a terrifying giant pitch-black swallow. “Tom Waits was always the main inspiration for the dark and theatrical appearance of Virgil,” Rosto explains. “But I had never expected to actually have the privilege to work with Tom. The results are gobsmacking…”
The eclectic American artist gained a worldwide following with his raspy vocals and ramshackle, cinematic songs on world-famous albums such as Rain Dogs and The Black Rider. The theatrical swagger of his live performances led to a parallel career as a film actor. Tom Waits has appeared in about 25 films, and is also noted as a composer of film music.
Terry Gilliam plays the ranger, who locks himself up in terror in his forest cabin. Rosto: “I asked Gilliam because I thought his voice was made for this role. He felt rather uncomfortable about the singing. And that’s exactly how I wanted this character to sound: scared and insecure. The poor bastard suffered but I got exactly what I wanted.”
Terry Gilliam was a founding member of Monty Python, creating the animations for the legendary comedy troupe. Gilliam co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and went on to become one of the most celebrated directors of our age, making such classics as Brazil and Twelve Monkeys. He is famous for a unique visual style, dark humour and surreal story lines. Gilliam is also known as a screenwriter and producer, and has played cameo roles in several films. This is the first time Gilliam has lent his voice to a film since his own animations for Monty Python.
Music has always been an important ingredient in Rosto’s films. However, The Monster of Nix is truly driven by music. “It is ironic because I hate musicals,” says Rosto, who composed all of the music himself, “but somehow I ended up making one. Also, to my amazement, we recorded the film score with a world famous orchestra and some genuine musical heroes.”
Musical contributors to the film score are the Dutch Metropole Orkest, American eyeball art rockers The Residents and rising French indie band The Dø.
The Monster of Nix
The Monster of Nix is the most ambitious film production by Rosto to date. Development of the international co-production has taken more than five years. Main producer Studio Rosto A.D and co-producers Autour de Minuit (France) and CinéTé (Belgium) made the film in association with French broadcaster Canal+ and the Dutch broadcaster AVRO.
CONTACT DETAILS STUDIO ROSTO A.D
Studio Rosto A.D
1016 PL Amsterdam
tel: +31 20 4120 484
ABOUT ROSTO/STUDIO ROSTO A.D
Director/artist Rosto, and his Studio Rosto A.D, are well known for music videos, television work and independent short films.
The short (the rise and fall of the legendary) Anglobilly Feverson had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival, followed by an impressive string of prestigious international festivals and worldwide recognition of Rosto’s work. The next short film Jona/Tomberry, winner of the Grand Prix Canal+ at the Cannes Film Festival 2005, concluded the trilogy of Mind My Gap films. Mind My Gap is Rosto A.D’s mixed media project that started with an online graphic novel (still running on www.rostoAD.com), and continued with music and print as well as films.
Rosto is currently working on several spin-offs from the Mind My Gap universe, like The Monster of Nix and the music project Thee Wreckers.
1999 Beheaded - 3.10 min
2000 Mind My Gap - Running Internet-series
2001 (the rise and fall of the legendary) Anglobilly Feverson - 10 min.
2005 Jona/Tomberry - 12 min.
2006 Big White/Big Black - 4 min.
2009 Thee Wreckers: No Place Like Home – 6 min.
Autour De Minuit
21, rue Henry Monnier
75009 Paris France
tel: +33 1 42 81 1728
ABOUT AUTOUR DE MINUIT
Autour de Minuit is a film production company based in Paris created in 2001 by Nicolas Schmerkin. The company aims at supporting aesthetically innovative projects, and develops original graphic worlds with a solid content. Hybridization gives the opportunity to explore new ideas and sensations in plastic art and intent to provide with visuals never to be seen before. The production catalogue includes short classics as Obras, Flesh, Carlitopolis, Dix and Logorama, Oscar winner in 2010 and awarded for best short film at the French Academy Awards in 2011.
Since 2004, Autour de Minuit also deals with world distribution of animations and digital works, including Rosto’s previous works. The company is now developing several feature films and animation shows.
THE ROLLING NUDIST GIANT
SCHNARZL - A MISEDUCATED WIZARD
METROPOLE ORKEST, THE RESIDENTS & THE DO RECORD FOR THE MONSTER
High profile musicians contribute to film score of Monster of Nix
The Monster of Nix is the highly anticipated new film by Dutch artist/ filmmaker Rosto. The film score of his upcoming animated musical features Metropole Orkest, legendary eyeball art rockers The Residents and rising indie band The Dø. Rosto’s existentialist fairy tale will hit the screens Spring 2011.