Appleseed: Ex Machina Gets European Premiere (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
The 37th annual International Film Festival Rotterdam, which runs from January 23 to February 3, will feature the European premiere of Shinji Aramaki's computer-animated Appleseed sequel Ex Machina. It will then premiere in Germany at Frankfurt's April 2-6 Nippon Connection festival. The second film based on Masamune Shirow's manga about a paramilitary unit's struggle to maintain the peace in a future city-state, it opened in Japan last October and had its official American premiere in December.
In a separate development, Mamoru Oshii's live-action Shin Onna-Tachiguishi Retsuden (Eat and and Run - 6 Beautiful Grifters) film anthology will have its world premiere at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. Oshii conceived all seven of the film's loosely connected short stories about women who survive on the edge of society by freeloading off street food vendors. He then split the directing duties for the individual segments among himself and four colleagues. The 58th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, which runs from February 7 to 17, will screen the film in its special Food and Culture category. Including the two Ghost in the Shell films, this will be the third time that an Oshii work has been featured at the festival.
Images © 2007 Masamune Shirow/Seishinsha, Ex Machina Film Partners
© 88mm, DEIZ/Geneon Entertainment
Errata: Removed film listings from last year's Nippon Connection.