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Tito and the Bird
Directed by: Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, Andre Catoto Animation
Brazil 2018
73 Min  | Portuguese | Subtitles in Hebrew, English

Using oil paintings, digital drawings, and graphic animation, the three Brazilian directors tell the story of a young boy who sets out, with his two friends, to find his father’s missing research on bird songs — the one thing that just might save their world from an epidemic where being afraid makes you ill. As a boy, Tito loves helping his scientist dad, Rufus, with his inventions. Tito's mom, however, is constantly worried something will go terribly wrong while the father and son are experimenting. When Rufus's latest invention, a machine that can understand birds, starts smoking and sparking, Tito is injured and his mother decides that for the boy's safety the parents should separate. Years later, people start falling ill and an epidemic erupts; the cause, Tito determines, is fear. Recalling his father's research, Tito knows that the cure must be in understanding birdsong. In order to save others, Tito must resist falling victim to his own fear. Relying on his friends, Sarah and Buiú, he sets out to find his father and complete the research before it's too late. At the endof his journey, Tito becomes a hero by realizingit's okay to be scared so long as you don't let it define you.

GUSTAVO STEINBERG was born in São Paulo and works as a producer, screenwriter, and director. His films include "End of the Line" (2008). "Tito and the Birds" (2018) is his latest feature.

GABRIEL BITAR is an animator, painter, and photographer based in São Paulo. He has directed the short film "The City and Desire Nº5" (2010). "Tito and the Birds" (2018) is his first feature film.

ANDRÉCATOTO was born in Rio de Janeiro. He is the director of the films "Segredo" (2008) and "Say I am Only Seventeen" (2015). "Tito and the Birds" (2018) is his first feature.

Director and Screenplay:
Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, Andre Catoto Animation
Courtesy by:
Indie Sales, France