ASIFA-East and SVA present Mary and Max

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009 in ASIFA Events | 4 Comments


In celebration of International Animation Day, SVA and ASIFA-East present MARY AND MAX, a clayography feature film from Academy Award® winning writer/director Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs, featuring the voice talents of Toni Collette, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries and Eric Bana.

Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, MARY AND MAX tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle (Collette), a chubby, lonely 8-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz (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 and Coombs’ Oscar® winning animated short HARVIE KRUMPET, MARY AND MAX is both hilarious and poignant as it takes us on a journey that 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.

October 28th, Wednesday  7pm
School Of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23 Street
(Bet. 8th & 9th Ave)


  1. Mike Weiss
    October 5, 2009

    Any charge for the screening? Are tickets required?

  2. Richard O'Connor
    October 5, 2009

    Can’t wait to hear the voice talents of Toni Collette, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries and Eric Bana!

  3. asifaeast
    October 6, 2009

    Seating is free, first come, first serve, no tickets required.

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