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Q&A with ROBOT DREAMS Filmmaker Pablo Berger & Graphic Novelist Sara Varon

Friday, May 31

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Moderated by entertainment journalist Jordan Hoffman

NOTE: This screening is SOLD OUT.
A standby line will form at the box office 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Pablo Berger is an acclaimed Spanish director thanks to one of the most renowned and original films in recent European cinema: the Spanish-French co-production BLANCANIEVES (2012). Among other distinctions, it garnered 10 Goya Awards, an Ariel for Best Ibero-American Film, represented Spain for the 2013 Oscars and won a Silver Shell for Best Female Lead as well as the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. BLANCANIEVES was also nominated for a 2014 César Award for Best Foreign Film and for the European Film Awards in the Best Film and Best Director categories, as well as winning the prize for Best European Costume Design. Pablo Berger is a Knight of the Arts and Letters of France and a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Berger began his directing career with the multi-award-winning cult short Mama (1988). He then got a Masters in Directing from New York University, where he directed the Emmy nominated short film Truth and Beauty. He lived in New York for a decade. His debut, the Spanish-Danish co-production TORREMOLINOS 73 (2003), won several national and international prizes, including the Gold Biznaga for Best Picture at the Malaga Film Festival, and was nominated for the Goya Awards in four categories. TORREMOLINOS 73 was also one of Spain’s biggest box office hits that year. In 2017 he wrote and directed ABRACADABRA. Again finalist for representing Spain at the Oscars and it garnered 8 Goya nominations. ROBOT DREAMS is the first animation film and the third collaboration between Arcadia Motion Pictures and Pablo Berger. Photo by Daniel Alea.

Sara Varon is a graphic novelist and children's book author/illustrator. Her books include New Shoes, Odd Duck, Bake Sale, Robot Dreams, & My Pencil & Me. They have received many accolades — among others, Odd Duck was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Children's Books of 2013, Bake Sale was named a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for 2012, and Robot Dreams was on Oprah's Kids' Reading List in 2008 and selected by Publisher's Weekly as one of the 150 Best Books of 2008. She was a recipient of the 2013 Maurice Sendak Fellowship and an Eisner nominee in 2014. Recently, Robot Dreams was made into a feature film by the Spanish director Pablo Berger! The film premiered at Cannes in 2023, and has gone on to win several awards, including “Best Animated Feature” at the European Film Awards and an Oscar® nomination for “Best Animated Feature”.

Jordan Hoffman is an entertainment journalist living in Queens, New York, and former chair of the New York Film Critics Circle.





Supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant

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