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A PORTRAIT OF AN ANIMATOR: KOJI YAMAMURA
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Venue: Grand Hall
Time: 7:30 pm
More than three decades have passed since the time when he made his first film at the age of thirteen; during these three decades, the famous Japanese director and animator Koji Yamamura has built his recognisable artistic expression, embodied in numerous animated films deploying diverse artistic techniques. Koji entered the world’s animation scene through the main entrance, with his film Mt.Head (2002), winner of six festival grand prizes, including the ones at Annecy (2003), Zagreb (2004) and Hiroshima (2004). The film was also an Oscar nominee in 2003. In the films that followed, Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor (2007), Muybridge’s Strings (2011) and the most recent Satie’s ’Parade’ (2016), Koji continues to maintain a lively and exciting artistic and intellectual dialogue with the European heritage, enriching it with details of Japanese traditional art and understanding of the universe. Animanima proudly presents a retrospective of the great author’s films.

  • FIVE FIRE FISH
    1:00 | 2013

    It is improvised to create on an iPad app McLaren's Workshop, etching on film.

  • AQUATIC
    5:00 | 1987

    The stream of a mil, an apple flows down through the stream, where inumerable illusion of fish appears and disappears in the sky reflected in the water.

  • MT. HEAD
    10:00 | 2002

    After a stingy man eats some cherry seeds, a cherry tree grows on his head and he gets into a lot of trouble. This animated film is a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese Rakugo story Atama-yama set in contemporary Tokyo.

  • ANTHOLOGY WITH CRANES
    2:00 | 2011

    Experimental work as an animated interpretation of Sotatsu Tawaraya’s Tsuru shitae waka kan (Anthology with Cranes), a 17th century 13,5 meters long unique scroll painting.

  • THE OLD CROCODILE
    5:00 | 2005

    A very old crocodile, so old that he had witnessed the building of the pyramids, was suffering from rheumatism, and no longer able to catch his food. In desperation, he decided to eat his great grand son...

  • A CHILD’S METAPHYSICS
    5:11 | 2007

    A child whose head is numerals, a child who winds his own face and has it under his arm... Ecology and philosophy of children with sadness and humour.

  • FRANZ KAFKA’S A COUNTRY DOCTOR
    21:00 | 2007

    The lying thick snow at a cold night, the humble doctor got a news of emergency arrives... Theater of the absurd that was in the original short story by Franz Kafka.

  • PIECES
    2:22 | 2002

    Some short pieces of funny animations and Phenakistoscope

  • FIG
    6:00 | 2005

    “Fig” is Koji Yamamura’s part of the omnibus movie “Tokyo loop”, created by 16 artists’ short films based on the theme Tokyo.

  • MUYBRIDGE'S STRINGS
    13:00 | 2011

    Can time be made to stand still? Can it be reversed? Muybridge's Strings is a meditation on this theme, contrasting the worlds of the photographer Edward Muybridge, who in 1878 successfully photographed consecutive phases in the movement of a galloping horse, and a mother who, watching her daughter grow up, realizes she is slipping away from her.

 
 
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