Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke

DAVID BLANDY ANIME SCREENING - PRINCESS MONONOKE

BRIGHTON DIGITAL FESTIVAL 2012


MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2012
BRIGHTON


LIGHTHOUSE AND DUKE OF YORK'S ARE DELIGHTED TO BRING YOU A ONE-OFF ANIME SCREENING SPECIAL, CHOSEN AND INTRODUCED BY DAVID BLANDY.


Princess Mononoke by legendary Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki is one of his most ambitious, influential and visually sumptuous films. Catch it for one night only as part of Brighton Digital Festival.

Child of the Atom (2010) by David Blandy © the artist
Child of the Atom (2010) by David Blandy © the artist

To compliment his exhibition, artist David Blandy will introduce one of his favourite anime films, Princess Mononoke (Japan 1997, 133 mins). “One of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen” according to Roger Ebert, Princess Mononoke is one of Japan’s highest-grossing films and certainly one of the best-loved anime films of all time.

Set in the Muromachi era (1338 – 1573), this magnificent epic traces Japan’s move from the Middle Ages to modernity with a breathtaking artistry that first brought Miyazaki to the attention of Disney, who distributed the film in the USA.

This special screening is programmed to coincide with an exhibition by David Blandy, who draws extensively on the themes and aesthetics of Japanese animation within his work. His show, Odysseys, is curated by Lighthouse and presented in partnership with Phoenix Brighton for Brighton Digital Festival. It features works such as Anjin 1600 (2012) and Child of the Atom (2010), which draw on the visual language of Japanese anime to tell deeply personal cross-cultural stories.

This screening showcases the unique style of one of anime’s true legends. From the opening sequence onwards, Princess Mononoke is packed with memorable images.

Out of the woods leaps an extraordinary beast, a gigantic Boar God writhing with snakes, causing death and mayhem on its rampaging way.
Young prince Ashitaka slays the beast, but receives a wound in his arm and becomes infected with the same sickness that had enraged the Boar, a sickness stemming from disharmony between man and nature.
Ashitaka sets off to find a cure, travelling westward through the forest where he encounters Mononoke, a human girl raised as a wolf who now leads the battle between forest gods and the encroaching settlement of iron miners – who themselves are under attack from a group of samurai.

The intricacies of this world make for a refreshingly complex moral order, and all choices are hard ones; it’s a story with depth and force, leavened with generous touches of the utterly unexpected – a convocation of head-wobbling forest sprites, for example.

In reversal of the usual formula, this is an adult animation that children (10+) will enjoy.

Before the screening David Blandy will introduce the film.

Date: Monday 17 September 2012

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Duke of York’s Cinema, Preston Circus, Brighton, BN1 4NA

Booking: This event is SOLD OUT

Blandy’s exhibition Odysseys is curated by Lighthouse and presented in partnership with Phoenix Brighton for Brighton Digital Festival and is supported by Arts Council England.

Printing for Odysseys sponsored by Spectrum.

Brighton Digital Festival is a celebration of digital culture. It is run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities, administered by Wired Sussex in association with Lighthouse and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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