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Date: August 25, 2006
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115

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"Son of Satan" courtesy of J.J. Villard

"Battle of Lanka" courtesy of Nina Paley

WHISPER OF THE HEART courtesy of Studio Ghibli

THE STORY OF THE FOX courtesy of the Ladislas Starewhitch estate

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

UNSHOWN CINEMA: THE ANIMATED FILMS THAT GOT AWAY

AT THE AERO AND EGYPTIAN THEATRES

Presented in Association with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)

 

In person guests include: J.J. Villard ("Son of Satan"); Igor Kovalyov ("Milch"); Lisa Barcy ("The Guilt Trip, Or the Vaticans Take a Holiday") and voice talent from the English Language Version of Studio Ghibli’s WHISPER OF THE HEART

September 22 - 24 at the Aero and Egyptian Theatres

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association presents Unshown Cinema: The Animated Films That Got Away, September 22 – 24 at the Aero and Egyptian Theatres. In this outgrowth of the L.A. Film Critics’ Association’s ongoing FILMS THAT GOT AWAY project, the focus is on great and rarely shown animated features and short films (including over 9 hours of non-CGI animation), none of which have received commercial theatrical distribution in the U.S. This ambitious and delightful program includes European milestones like Ladislas Starewitch’s REYNARD THE FOX (LE ROMAN DE RENARD) (shown here with English subtitles for the first time ever, as arranged by the Starewitch estate especially for this series) – a legendary but little seen animated feature whose premiere predated Disney’s SNOW WHITE by a full year – and works by contemporary masters, including Japanese animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRTED AWAY), New York-based veteran George Griffin and renowned Russian expatriate filmmaker Igor Kovalyov. Animator Nina Paley will premiere a segment of her animated feature in progress which explores Hindu Love as an animated Betty Boop cartoon. Our series is also home to edgy and brilliant short films that are rarely screened, including Steffen Schaffler’s Oscar-nominated chiller "The Periwig-Maker", Chicago-based animator Lisa Barcy’s intricate and hilarious "The Guilt Trip" and J. J. Villard’s dark and daring Bukowski adaptation "Son Of Satan." Also featured in this program: A rare screening of the 1980 Oscar nominee "All Nothing" (Tout Rien) by Canada’s living legend, animator Frederic Back and a once-in-a-lifetime bigscreen presentation of Miyazaki’s rarest feature-length project, Yoshifumi Kondo’s WHISPER OF THE HEART which was so successful in Japan that it spawned a tour business in the Toyko neighborhood depicted in the film. Miyazaki promotional items will be given away at the screening. Experience DANGEROUS VISIONS, our evening of groundbreaking rarely screened shorts that are definitely NOT for the kids! A continent of wonders awaits at our Egyptian/Aero mini-festival of THE ANIMATED FILMS THAT GOT AWAY!!! In person guests include: J.J. Villard ("Son of Satan"); Igor Kovalyov ("Milch"); Lisa Barcy ("The Guilt Trip, Or the Vaticans Take a Holiday") and voice talent from the English Language Version of WHISPER OF THE HEART. Each evening will be hosted by a LAFCA member Screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood and/or at the Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave) in Santa Monica. Tickets are available online at www.fandango.com. All guests subject to availability.

 

Friday, September 22, 2006: Egyptian Theatre

The Friday, September 22nd program is a 7:30 PM shorts program entitled "Dangerous Visions: Animated Shorts for Connoisseurs & Grown-Ups" (Approximately 87 minutes). Somewhere between the always-popular use of animation as a vehicle for fairytale and fable and the slapstick extremities of the "extra-sick-and-twisted" school, there is another country, filled with the tactile, the disturbing, the mundane and the visionary. DANGEROUS VISIONS is our program of animation for grown-ups and connoisseurs, dedicated to animated works of uncommon artistic excellence that create unique and often disquieting but fully realized worlds.

Acclaimed Russian-born animator Igor Kovalyov will be in attendance for our screening of "Milch" (US, 2005, 15 min.) an elliptical portrait of accumulating middle class betrayals that packs a novel’s worth of character detail into 15 minutes or less. (www.igorkovalyov.com). Young turk animator J. J. Villard will be on hand with his stunning adaptation of Charles Bukowski’s "Son Of Satan" (US, 2003, 12 min.), an edgy and profane re-imagining of childhood as a homicide waiting to happen, which Manohla Dargis of the New York Times has praised for its "rough-hewn beauty" and Villard’s "singular talent." In Stefan Schaffler’s Tim Burton-esque "The Periwig-Maker" (Germany, 1999, 15 min.), Dafoe’s "Journal of the Plague Year" is used as an eerie auditory counterpoint to an 18th Century wigmaker’s experience of bubonic death. Canada’s master animator Frederic Back received an Oscar nomination for his ecological masterwork "All Nothing" (Tout Rien) (Canada, 1980, 11 min.), a fable about Adam and Eve and the death of God. In George Griffin's ambiguously sweet "A Little Routine" (US, 1994, 7 min.), surrealist technique dramatizes a child's shifting perceptions of adulthood during a bedtime conversation between a father and daughter. (www.geogrif.com). Chicago-based Lisa Barcy’s "The Guilt Trip, Or The Vaticans Take A Holiday" (US, 2004, 14 min.) is a stop-motion tour-de-"farce" that makes Catholic guilt syndrome seem fun, starring Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene and the late great Pope John Paul II. In Mike Overbeck's "Atlas Takes a Drink" (US, 1999, 3:30 min.) two fish make an act of civil disobedience against the laws of nature, with hilarious and snowballing results. (www.mikeoverbeck.com) Plus: Two+One By Nina Paley. Best remembered locally for her alternative comic strip Nina’s Adventures (syndicated in the L.A. Reader, 1988 - 1995), Nina Paley has re-invented herself as a trailblazing feminist animator in her fascinating, idiosyncratic and ambitious works. DANGEROUS VISIONS will present two World Theatrical Premieres from Paley’s animated feature-in-progress SITA SINGS THE BLUES, a re-imagining of the Ramayana of Hindu lore as an epic Betty Boop cartoon, with accompanying blues songs by Annette Hanshaw. First, we debut the just-struck 35mm print of "Battle Of Lanka," (US, 2006, 3 min.) the first SITA segment ever seen on film by any audience, anywhere. Next is "Grief And Birth" (US, 2006, 3 min.), a just-completed SITA segment! PLUS: A look back at Paley’s "Pandorama" (US, 2000, 3 min.) a free-form stunner hand-drawn on 70mm IMAX short-ends presenting the "Pandora’s Box" mythos in "Garden of Eden" terms. (www.ninapaley.com). Discussion following with filmmakers J. J. Villard ("Son of Satan"), Igor Kovalyov ("Milch") and Lisa Barcy ("The Guilt Trip, Or The Vaticans Take A Holiday") moderated by LAFCA member and series programmer Ray Greene.

 

Saturday, September 23, 2006: Egyptian Theatre

The Saturday, September 23rd program begins at 7:30 PM with a French Animation Double Feature. First up is RAINING CATS AND FROGS (LA PROPHETIE DES GRENOUILLES), (2003, Canal Plus, 90 min.). Calling all TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE fans! The first animated feature produced entirely within French borders in over two decades, director Jacques-Remy Girerd’s whimsical and imaginative story of Noah’s Ark, recast as an award-winning contemporary fable and epic adventure story. In the amphibian kingdom, evidence is mounting that a new deluge will soon submerge the earth. After a harrowing storm, a multi-ethnic farm family and the animal inhabitants of a nearby zoo find themselves adrift on a floating barn in a seemingly endless sea. Equally an environmental parable and a pacifistic commentary about hysteria in a time of crisis, this is the perfect animated feature for the age of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and the "terror alert," offering sanity and mediation as an antidote to our new era of anxiety. Six years in the making, it is a beautifully mounted film that is appropriate viewing for all ages, offering a painless way to introduce the whole family to the pleasures of foreign film-going. A refreshing hand-drawn animation style lends a storybook air to Girerd’s delightful animal characters, which include argumentative elephants, amphibian weather forecasters and cackling carnivores with designs on the rest of the crew. In French with English subtitles.

Next on the same bill is THE TABLE TURNS (LE TABLE TOURNANTE), (1988, Canal Plus, 95 min.) directed by Paul Grimault and Jacques Demy. The late, great animator Paul Grimault has been called "the Walt Disney of France" and is acknowledged as a primary influence by contemporary Japanese maestro Hayao Miyazaki. In this charming compendium of Grimault’s career, Grimault (appearing as himself) leads the "Accordion Clown" from his masterwork THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD on a guided, chronological tour of Grimault’s best and most well-known works. Grimault re-edited his own films for inclusion here. The "Out-of-the-Inkwell"-like live action sequences in which Grimault and his creation interact were directed by the great French filmmaker Jacques Demy (THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG). A delightful introduction to and summation of one of European animation’s greatest oeuvres (if we may be so French...). In French with English subtitles.

 

Sunday, September 24, 2006: Egyptian Theatre

The Sunday, September 24th program is a 7:30 PM screening of WHISPER OF THE HEART (MIMI WO SUMASEBA), (1995, Studio Ghibli/Buena Vista International, 111 min.) directed by Yoshifumi Kondo. Produced and written by Hayao Miyazaki. In the mid-1990’s, the great Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY) wanted to begin mentoring a new generation of animation artists in Japan. The result was this gentle coming-of-age drama scripted, produced and storyboarded by Miyazaki and then directed by Yoshifumi Kondo (later animation director on PRINCESS MONONOKE), whom Miyazaki hoped would introduce new blood into the directors at his Studio Ghibli. Adapted from the manga by Aoi Hiragi, the film tells the story of Shizuku, a shy student with high school entrance exam worries and inchoate aspirations, who meets a magical cat on a commuter bus and follows it to a boutique where significant objects abound, each with a story of its own. Notable for its celebration of the mysteries of daily living, "Miyazaki's script suggests that a sense of magic can exist, even in everyday Tokyo," according to animation historian Charles Solomon. The story of a young girl finding her voice both literally and figuratively, this is a film tinged by tragedy: Sadly, Yoshifumi Kondo died of a brain aneurysm in 1998. His only feature attests to his talent, and Miyazaki has yet to find an equally talented protégé. English Dubbed Version. Rare Miyazaki promotional merchandise will be given away at the screening!

 

AERO THEATRE

 

Saturday, September 23, 2006: Aero Theatre

The Saturday, September 23rd program is a 3:00 PM Family Matinee screening of WHISPER OF THE HEART (MIMI WO SUMASEBA) (1995 Studio Ghibli/Buena Vista International, 111 min.), directed by Yoshifumi Kondo. For film description, see Sunday, September 24th at the Egyptian. Discussion following with Voice Talent from the English Language Version, hosted by historian Charles Solomon. Plus Rare Miyazaki promotional merchandise will be given away at the screening!

 

Sunday, September 24, 2006: Aero Theatre

The Sunday, September 24th program is a 3:00 PM Family Matinee screening of THE STORY OF THE FOX (LE ROMAN DE RENARD), (1937 (1940 – 41), 65 min.). Russian/French animation pioneer Ladislas Starewitch is considered the first animator ever to use stop-motion puppetry to tell coherent stories, and his alternately darkly humorous and lyrical works have influenced generations of animators, from George Pal to Jan Svankmajer to Tim Burton and the Brothers Quay. For Americans, REYNARD THE FOX (LA ROMAN DE RENARD) is his largely unseen masterpiece, a stop-motion marvel filmed mostly between 1929 and 1931 about the charming animal trickster of European folklore and his adventures as an unrepentant rogue. Shelved for six years as Starewitch adapted his techniques to the new medium of movie sound, this unique work had its world premiere in Paris in 1937 before being re-voiced and rescored for a 1940 – 1941 French re-release during the WWII German occupation. Starewitch’s techniques are remarkable for their cinematic sophistication, deploying crash zooms, whip pans and motion blurs to lend his whimsical, often life-sized puppet creations (some nearly as large as their creator) the feel of real life. Despite some overtly subversive political messages, the unfortunate Vichy connection has kept REYNARD THE FOX largely unseen in America. The film’s master elements languished in storage for 25 years after Starewitch’s death before being reassembled and restored in 1990, a restoration on which the current version is based. Plus rare short films by Ladislas Starewitch. Screening to be introduced by animation historian, Charles Solomon.

 

ABOUT LAFCA’S ONGOING "THE FILMS THAT GOT AWAY" PROJECT:

"THE FILMS THAT GOT AWAY" is an ongoing project of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association dedicated to sponsoring and showcasing deserving cinematic works that have failed to find commercial distribution in the U.S.. Inaugurated with screenings at the AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE in 2005, the FTGA project has since expanded to include regular programs at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, including a three-film LAFCA/UCLA series during the recent 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival. "UNSHOWN CINEMA: The ANIMATED Films That Got Away" is LAFCA’s first excursion into rare animated works.

 

FILMS IN THIS SERIES, INCLUDING A PRESS KIT, ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CINEMATHEQUE OFFICES.

 

Screeners available are:

THE STORY OF THE FOX (LE ROMAN DE RENARD)

RAINING CATS AND FROGS (LA PROPHETIE DES GRENOUILLES)

WHISPER OF THE HEART (MIMI WO SUMASEBA)

Dangerous Visions: Animated Shorts For Connoisseurs & Grown-ups

 

BLACK & WHITE/COLOR FILM STILLS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST (FOR MOST TITLES).

 

 WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

 

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films is available on our website.

General Admission is $9. Double Features are two films for one admission price.

There is generally a 7 – 10 minute intermission between films.

24-Hour information: 323.466.FILM

 

 

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:

TICKET REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323-461-9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. THURSDAY AT 6 PM IS THE ABSOLUTE

DEADLINE FOR REQUESTS FOR WEEKEND SCREENINGS. PLEASE INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN YOUR COVERAGE WILL APPEAR AND A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MEDIA OUTLET.

JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A FAXED REQUEST. IF YOUR REQUEST IS ACCEPTED, YOU WILL PICK UP YOUR TICKETS THE NIGHT OF

THE SHOW AT THE BOX OFFICE. Details at: http://www.americancinematheque.com/pressreleases/pressticketpolicies.htm

 

 

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD no longer screens Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM & 3:30 PM. It will screen only with historic tours. Screening dates will be on our website. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115. Upcoming public tours and screenings of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD are July 15 & 16 and August 12 & 13 at 10:30 AM followed by the film at 11:35 AM.

 

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