'663114' Anime Short to Screen at Los Angeles Film Festival

posted on 2012-05-03 15:45 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Isamu Hirabayashi's short about 66-year-old cicada won award at Berlin Film Fest in February

Isamu Hirabayashi's "663114" anime short will screen in the short films category at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The festival will be held from June 14-24.

A synopsis of the eight-minute short is as follows:

Every sixty-six years a cicada makes its way out of the earth and climbs up a tree to shed its skin. This is the way it's been since time immemorial. But this time it's different. A Japanese animation film in which an ostensibly resistant insect's monologue draws a parallel between the catastrophes of Hiroshima and Fukushima. The insect poses a fundamental question about the future of our planet. A film that takes different point of view. Short but hard-hitting.

In January "663114" won the Noburou Oofuji Award, which honors animated works that offer new forms of creative expression, at the Mainichi Film Awards. The film also received a Special Mention honor in the Generation 14plus category by the Youth Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

The short ran at the 68th Venice Film Festival last September and at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival last October. The short then appeared at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in January. The short recently screened at the Dallas International Film Festival last month.

[Via Twitch]

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