Mano’s presentation not only made the cut but received a standing ovation afterwards. It impressed various publications outside Pakistan to follow its development as a possibly meaningful and beautiful hand-drawn animated film coming out of the dangerous (hyperbole) Karachi, Pakistan.
An inside look into Mano Animation Studios, Pakistan's first hand-drawn animation studio as it continues to work on its first feature, The Glassworker, set for a 2023 release.
Golden Globe Awards
Usman Riaz unleashed his creativity and imagination and answered questions about his ambitious film, an epic anti-war film that, in the words of its producer, recalls the romanticism of the Golden Globe winner Doctor Zhivago and where patriotism confronts free-thinking, artistic creation, and love.
ooking through the art that has been released from The Glassworker so far, Studio Ghibli’s influence on the project is clear. As Usman mentions in the interview, “Studio Ghibli is a huge inspiration.
In a magical-realist world in the early 20th century, the son of a glassworker and the daughter of an army colonel fall in love. Their romance is challenged by an approaching war and their parents’ differing outlooks on life.
The first hand-drawn animated feature from Pakistan, directed by Riaz, and created by Pakistan-based Mano Animation Studios, with “Wrinkles” producer Manuel Cristobal having just boarded as a producer.