Born in Amsterdam, Co Hoedeman immigrated to Canada at the age of 25. He soon joined the National Film Board of Canada, where he has directed many films. After a stay in Czechoslovakia to study puppet animation, he returned to the NFB. An interest in Arctic legends led him to direct four films in close collaboration with Inuit artists. He then directed a number of works in which he experimented with a variety of innovative animation techniques. His latest project is a four-part collection of films made for children, entitled Seasons in the Life of Ludovic. Hoedeman's films reveal his close observation of human and social interaction. His films have earned numerous international honours and acclaim, including an Oscar© in 1978 for The Sand Castle.
Co Hoedeman
 
PROGRAMME:
Saturday, September 25, 1:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall)
Sunday, September 26, 1:00 pm (Museum of Civilization)
Running time: 81:32 mins.
   
Oddball [1969]
Co Hoedeman / National Film Board of Canada / Canada / 5:52
A symbolic, yet simple story, demonstrated by a little mannequin, that tells the universal truth that often we overlook the value of the smaller things that are common and nondescript when the temptation of the bigger and the brighter catches our attention.
   
Tchou-Tchou [1972]
Co Hoedeman / National Film Board of Canada / Canada / 13:52
Toy building blocks are the actors in this tale which both entertains and absorbs the viewer through its simple and colourful representation of the make-believe.
   
The Sand Castle [1977]
Co Hoedeman / National Film Board of Canada / Canada / 13:12
Painstakingly created, Hoedeman depicts the story of a sandman that invents his own “community” of sand companions who celebrate their life in their castle home until their world is disintegrated by the wind.
   
Charles and Francoise [1988]
Co Hoedeman / National Film Board of Canada / Canada / 15:24
The gentle, silent story of aging, where time and space are seamlessly transcended so that a grandfather and his grandson are no longer separated by age but united by their common experiences.
   
The Sniffing Bear [1992]
Co Hoedeman / National Film Board of Canada / Canada / 7:47
Using the Arctic landscape and traditional Inuit characters like the Bear, Seal and Owl, Hoedeman deals with the positive aspects of peer pressure and the harmful effects of substance abuse.
   
The Garden of Ecos [1997]
Co Hoedeman / National Film Board of Canada / Canada / 10:45
A creatively poetic tale of war and peace in which the coexistence of animals and plants is thrown into disarray when an outside threat destabilizes their community.
   
  Le Théâtre de Marianne [2004]
Co Hoedeman / National Film Board of Canada / Canada / 15:00