Post-war Japanese Animation In Mexico, Presented By Cineteca Nacional And Japan Foundation

Mexico's Cineteca Nacional and the Japan Foundation have put together a very interesting film program titled Anime: Post-war Japanese Animation (Anime: La Animación Japonesa de Posguerra). The thematic is pretty clear, so let's jump right into the details and film selection.

Starting at Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional on Thursday, July 17th, with the screening of Shubuichi Setsuko's The Glass Rabbit, the program offers both feature length and short films, as well as a conference with guest director Furukawa Taku. 

Born in 1941, Furukawa is the director of many short animations that were produced through his own company Takun Box. Those include the five-minute Phenakistoscope, winner of the Jury Special Prize at the 1975 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Before going on to do his own stuff, Furukawa worked with Kuri Yoji, and now several short films from these two independent animators are screening in Mexico. Furukawa will be in Mexico City to personally present the program "Furukawa and Kuri" on Sunday, July 27th and Tuesday, July 29th.

Anime: Post-war Japanese Animation is also conformed by some of the work of such renowned artists as Astro Boy creator Tezuka Osamu, Studio Ghibli's Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao, Rintaro, and Yuasa Masaaki. Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional is the venue from July 17th to August 3rd, but the program will later travel to another two Mexican cities: Cuernavaca (from August 1st to 8th at Cine Morelos) and Monterrey (from August 8th to 20th at Cineteca Nacional Monterrey). 

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This is the full schedule for Anime: Post-war Japanese Animation at Cineteca Nacional (Mexico City): 

Thursday, July 17th

The Glass Rabbit (dir. Shibuichi Setsuko, 2005) - 7:30 PM

Friday, July 18th

Panda and the Magic Serpent (dir. Yabushita Taiji, Okabe Kazuhiko, 1958) - 7 PM & 9 PM

Saturday, July 19th

The Littlest Warrior (dir. Yabushita Taiji, Serikawa Yugo, 1961) - 7 PM

Sunday, July 20th

The Glass Rabbit (dir. Shibuichi Setsuko, 2005) - 4 PM

The Little Norse Price (dir. Takahata Isao, 1968) - 6 PM & 8 PM

Tuesday, July 22nd

Puss in Boots (dir. Yabuki Kimio, 1969) - 6 PM & 8 PM

Wednesday, July 23rd

Galaxy Express 999 (dir. Rintaro, 1979) - 6 PM & 8 PM

Thursday, July 24th

Yuki (dir. Imai Tadashi, 1981) - 6 PM & 8 PM

Friday, July 25th

Arcadia of My Youth (dir. Katsumata Tomoharu, 1982) - 6:30 PM & 8 PM

Saturday, July 26th

Barefoot Gen (dir. Masaki Mori, 1983) - 5 PM, 7 PM & 9 PM

Sunday, July 27th

Yuki (dir. Imai Tadashi, 1981) - 4 PM 

Short Film Program 1: "Furukawa and Kuri" (with director Furukawa Taku in person) - 6 PM

Short Film Program 2: "Tezuka and Yamamura" - 8:30 PM

Tuesday, July 29th

Short Film Program 2: "Tezuka and Yamamura" - 5 PM

Conference with director Furukawa Taku - 6:30 PM

Short Film Program 1: "Furukawa and Kuri" (with director Furukawa Taku in person) - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, July 30th

Short Film Program 3: "Masaoka and Okamoto" - 4 PM, 6 PM & 8 PM

Thursday, July 31st

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 1984) - 6 PM & 8:30 PM

Friday, August 1st

Grave of the Fireflies (dir. Takahata Isao, 1988) - 7 PM

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 1984) - 9 PM

Saturday, August 2nd

Howl's Moving Castle (dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 2004) - 4 PM, 6:30 PM & 10 PM

Sunday, August 3rd

Grave of the Fireflies (dir. Takahata Isao, 1988) - 4 PM

Mind Game (dir. Yuasa Masaaki, 2004) - 6 PM & 8:30 PM

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