Immigrants - L.A. Dolce Vita (Immigrants - Jóska menni Amerika!)

(2008, animation, 35mm, color, 87 minutes, 1:1,85, DolbyDigital)
comedy

Immigrants is the story of Vladislav (a Russian), and Joska (a Hungarian).

Both are immigrants and best friends, living and chasing the American dream together. Vlad has a daughter, Anya, who's adapting to life in America at the speed of light, while her dad is in complete culture shock. They stay at the Vista del Mar, an apartment complex run by an old, failed actress, Greta Knight, who is always after Vlad for sexual favours. The building is home to immigrants from all over the world: Flaco, a friend from Mexico; Mr. Chea, who runs a Chinese family restaurant; Nazim, a former Pakistani nuclear scientist who drives a tour bus; and Mr. Splits, an old black pimp.

We follow Vlad and Joska in their adventures… through their encounter with the American capitalist company Glut-co, through their attempt to open a Russian/Hungarian restaurant, and as their friendship is put in jeopardy when they hit the L.A. night scene. All the while Vlad is looking for a way to make a life for himself and his daughter; and Joska… well, Joska is mainly looking for women. With a story that is comedic and yet poignant, Immigrants is a movie for anyone who ever had a dream.

Awards

Córdoba International Animation Festival - ANIMACOR - 2009

Best Full-Length Animation

Changzhou CICDAF - 2009

Special Prize

Vilnius TINDIRINDIS - 2009

Special Prize

Festivals

Bucharest Anim'est - 2009

(in competition)

Utrecht Holland Animation Film Festival - 2009

(in competition)

Basauri-Bizkaia Animabasauri-Animabasque - 2009

(in competition)

Rio de Janeiro, Săo Paulo ANIMA MUNDI - 2009

(in competition)

Cracow Etiuda & Anima - 2009

(in competition)

Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth - 2009

Espinho CINANIMA - 2008

(in competition)

Zagreb Animafest - 2009

(in competition)

Belgrade BALKANIMA - 2009