Noticias The Gods of Anime
Cinema Jove pays tribute again to the “Gods of Anime”
  • The festival dedicates a second issue to Japanese animation with a cycle that will screen 19 films
  • Among the selection we can find an erotic movie from the sixties unseen in our cinemas, “One Thousand and One Nights”, directed by Eiichi Yamamoto and created by Osamu Tezuka

Cinema Jove will present in its 36th edition, programmed from the 18th to the 26th of June, a second part of the cycle dedicated in 2019 to Japanese animation. The International Movie Festival from Valencia, organized by the Institut Valencià de Cultura, has selected 19 films that provide a multiplied image of anime, with different genres and narratives.

After a first edition at the Sala 7 of the Rialto building, where almost every day there was a sold out, the cycle will be located this time at the Filmoteca, in order to expand the capacity for a bigger audience.

The premise of this parallel section is variety. We’ll get notorious authors as Makoto Shinkai with WEATHERING WITH YOU, chosen to represent Japan in the Oscars. Isao Takahata is another author present, of whom will be screened GAUCH THE CELLIST (1982), an early animation movie, even before the fundation of Ghibli studios along with Hayao Miyazaki, of whom we will screen PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) and THE WIND RISES (2013).

We also highlight the restored short film THE SPIDER AND THE TULIP (Kenzo Masaoka, 1943), created during II World War, and the erotic movie A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS (Eiichi Yamamoto, 1969), an artistic piece from the sixties that, along with ‘Cleopatra’ (1970) and ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ (1973), screened at the first issue of this cycle, define the ‘Animerama’ trilogy, created by iconic Osamo Tezuka.

“Our intention is to create a big photo of anime from its beginnings until most recent productions, includes several decades and, among all, proves that anime is not limited to a homogeneous kind of animation, but includes other types of drawing, rhythms and personalities”, says Carlos Madrid, director of Cinema Jove.

In this esthetical and storyline mixture we find the feature film MEMORIES (1995), constructed by three sci-fi stories and directed by three different directors, Katsuhiro Ōtomo, Kōji Morimoto y Tensai Okamura. Also, we highlight NIGHT OF THE GALACTIC RAILROAD (Gisaburo, Sugii, 1985), a metaphisical project “with a type of drawing that we don’t usually associate with anime”, tells us Carlos Madrid.

Adolescence is also present in the cycle, with films like THE MURDER CASE OF HANA AND ALICE (2015), prequel of a real action movie created with rotoscopic animation and watercolor background; OCEAN WAVES (Tomomi Mochizuki, 1993) is a love triangle developed by the new generations of Ghibli Studio; CLASSMATES (Shoko Nakamura, 2016) addresses homosexual romance within the Yaoi genre; THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, in which the adolescent universe gets entangled with science-fiction, or LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD (Naoko Yamada, 2016), a story settled in a brass band in an all-girl high school, which is also a spin-off of TV series “Hibike! Euphonium”.

Another subject addressed is the adult guidance to kids towards adulthood, in films like THE BOY AND THE BEAST (Mamoru Hosoda, 2015), MAQUIA WHEN THE PROMISED
FLOWER BLOOMS (Mari Okada, 2015) or SWORD OF THE STRANGER (Masahiro Ando, 2007).

Finally, we can find stories of a social compromise, as RIDE YOUR WAVE (Masaaki Yuasa, 2019), awarded with best animation film at Sitges, or IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (Sunao Katabuchi, 2016) about life in HIroshima during II World War.