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Kick Heart to Screen at BFI London Film Festival

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Hirokazu Kore-eda's live-action Like Father, Like Son film to compete in Official Competition category

The London-based British Film Institute (BFI) announced its lineup on Wednesday for the 57th BFI London Film Festival. The festival will screen Masaaki Yuasa's and Production I.G's Kick-Heart animated short.

The short premiered in Tokyo in May, and then was shown in competition at this year's Annecy in France in June. The film was also screened at Anime Expo in July, and screened at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival where it won Best Animated Short Film. It was screened at Laemmle's Royale Theatre in Los Angeles in July with the intention of qualifying for an Oscar nomination.

The festival is holding three competition categories: Official, First Feature, and Documentary Competition. Hirokazu Kore-eda's live-action Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru) film is competing in the Official Competition. The story of two boys switched at birth earned the Jury Prize and a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. DreamWorks is negotiating the rights to remake the film.

Other films screening at the festival include: Yuichi Ito's Doron Coron and Tsuneo Goda's Komaneko, Home Alone (Komaneko no Orusuban) animated shorts, Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell?, Yuya Ishii's Great Passage (Fune o Amu), Tatsushi Omori's The Ravine of Goodbye (Sayonara Keikoku) live-action feature films, and Masahiro Tsutani's Between Regularity and Irregularity short. The BFI Southbank, NFT3 venue will hold a film viewing of works by late Japanese director Stom Sogo on September 20 as part of the festival.

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