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SUMMER WARS West Premiere This Weekend
By Chris Beveridge
September 20, 2010
NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) and San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) will present the inaugural NY/SF Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NY/SF) on Sept 24-26, 2010 at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco. The festival will feature visually stunning, ground-breaking and thought-provoking films for ages 3-18, with filmmaker appearances, director workshops, and audience voting. All features will be making their West Coast or Bay Area premiere at the event and the short film lineup includes Academy Award® nominated titles and winners of Sundance, Cannes and other prestigious “adult” festivals.
NY/SF will present 50 short and feature films cherry-picked from New York Int’l Children’s Festival, the nation’s largest. The SF-based event is the first step of a multi-city expansion by NYICFF, which has already launched weekly programming in NYC, a “Best of NYICFF” national touring festival, a broadband film website, and a new theatrical distribution arm, GKIDS. GKIDS is responsible for Academy Award® nominated animated feature, The Secret of Kells and will be handling theatrical releases of European Film Award Best Animated Feature winner Mia and the Migoo and Japan Academy Prize winner Summer Wars.
NYICFF has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s premier showcases for animation, and has presented US premieres of films by renowned animators including Hayao Miyazaki, Nick Park, Michel Ocelot, Katsuhiro Otomo, Isao Takahata, Jiri Barta, Konstanin Bronzit, Jacques-Remy Girerd, among many others. The Festival has also presented major retrospectives of animation from Japan, France, and the Czech Republic, and from Aardman Animations, Pixar, National Film Board of Canada, Max Fleisher, Ub Iwerks, and Ray Harryhausen.
Said NYICFF director Eric Beckman, “As a former SF resident, I am thrilled to be creating a bi-coastal footprint for NYICFF with the launch of NY/SF. SFFS is a perfect partner for us, not just because of their prestige, expertise, and the great SF audience – but because they absolutely share our vision of a more provocative, eye-opening, film for young people. We are excited to be working with SFFS to bring these ground-breaking films to SF audiences, and we look forward to launching similar events in other cities.”
NY/SF SELECT ANIMATED FEATURES
Eleanor’s Secret – West Coast Premiere, France, Dominique Monfery, 76 min, in English
In this colorful, beautifully designed adventure perfect for youngest audiences, the characters from classic fairytales and story books come alive to help a young boy learn to read an ancient spell, which will preserve the stories for future generations of children. (All ages)
Mia & the Migoo – West Coast Premiere, France, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, 92 min, Subtitled
Winner of Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards! Created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, Jacques-Remy-Girerd’s second feature is like a Miyazaki film painted by Van Gogh. This thrilling eco-adventure pits a plucky, wild-haired young girl against profit-hungry land developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance. Filmmaker in Person (Ages 8 to 16)
Oblivion Island – West Coast Premiere, Japan, Shinsuke Sato, 98 min, Subtitled
The creators of Ghost in the Shell mix exquisitely detailed 2D backgrounds with modern 3D character designs in a dazzling animated adventure that plays like Alice’s fall through the rabbit hole into a world of topsy-turvy, anime dream-logic. (Ages 8 to 16)
The Secret of Kells - Director’s Workshop – Ireland, Tomm Moore, 75 min, in English
"Stunning! A magical adventure unlike anything we've seen before." – USA Today. Tomm Moore’s shimmering, Oscar®-nominated masterpiece. Magic, fantasy and mythology come together in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. With interactive presentation and post-screening Q&A with director, Tomm Moore. (Ages 8 to adult)
Summer Wars – West Coast Premiere, Japan, Mamoru Hosoda, 2009, 114 min, Subtitled
“Spectacular! Visionary! Mind-Bending! Staggering!” - Variety. This Winner of the Japanese Academy Prize , a scintillating new cyber-punk/sci-fi feature from Mamoru Hosoda, is a visual tour-de-force, a film whose “dazzling fluency of motion and untethered brilliance of invention makes the usual fantasy anime look childish and dull!" - Japan Times (Ages 11 to adult)