Monday 20 November 2017

IFI gets animated about Japanese films

Japan's pre-eminence in the world of animation is well known, and this weekend the second annual IFI Anime weekend will showcase some of the best recent animated films from that country.

The weekend kicks off today at the IFI Temple Bar with screenings of the first two films in the epic Evangelion saga, that follows mankind's battle for survival against a ceaseless onslaught of deadly angels.

Also screening today is 5 Centimetres Per Second, a romantic drama that follows a young dreamer called Takaki from young love to adult obligations. The romance will be followed by a panel discussion on the future of anime with several experts in the field including Jonathan Clements, Hugh David and the weekend's programmer Andrew Partridge.

The second day of screenings starts with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, a delightful film in which an accident in a highschool lab gives a student the ability to travel through time. Blood: The Last Vampire and a secret mystery film form a double bill that involves lone warriors engaged in battle to save planet Earth, before the weekend comes to a wonderful climax with the screening of Summer Wars, the Irish Premiere of Mamoru Hosoda's hotly anticipated new feature.

For tickets and times phone 01-679 3477 or visit

Irish Independent

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