Mary and Max, 2009, © Melodrama Pictures

Mary and Max

Friday, April 16, 2010 - 7:00pm

Known for his sweetly hilarious portrayals of the socially ill equipped, Academy Award winning animation director Adam Elliot’s quirky storytelling takes center stage in his first feature.

Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle (voiced by Toni Collette), a chubby, lonely 8-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City.

As Mary and Max chronicles Mary’s trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max’s passage from middle to old age, it explores a bond that survives much more than the average friendship’s ups-and-downs. Like Elliot’s Oscar® winning animated short Harvie Krumpet, Mary and Max is both hilarious and poignant as it explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and many more of life’s surprises. Mary and Max was honored as the opening night film selection for Sundance 2009.

(Australia, 2009, 35mm, 80 min)