BFI Southbank Anime Screenings This Weekend
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Tickets are still on sale for a three-day season of anime films at London's BFI Southbank, running from Friday June 3 to Sunday June 5.
The screenings include Harmony (pictured right, being screened together with a live Q&A with director Michael Arias, who also directed Tekkonkinkreet), as well as Empire of Corpses, Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, Psycho-Pass The Movie, Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast and Mamoru Oshii's Garm Wars The Last Druid. (In addition to the line-up at the above link, there will also be a screening of Ghibli's When Marnie Was There on Sunday.)
Directions to the BFI Southbank, near to Waterloo station and the BFI IMAX cinema, are here.
Most of the screenings are in NFT1, the main theatre, although the two final screenings are in NFT3. The full list of anime screenings and events follows, with links to the relevant pages on the BFI Southbank site.
Friday June 3
Harmony, plus Q&A with director Michael Arias (details) 6 pm. in NFT1.
"Medical advances have brought the world to a safe but oppressive ‘utopian’ state. The world balance finds itself threatened when a sudden crisis erupts. Directors Arias (Animatrix, Tekkonkinkreet) and Nakamura (A Tree of Palme) team up to bring Satoshi Itō's sci-fi novel to the big screen – one of three Project Itoh works animated in 2015."
Empire of Corpses (details), 8.50 pm. in NFT1.
"Our second Project Ito adaptation in this anime weekend is set in a parallel 19th-century Europe where human corpses have been re-animated to provide military muscle and slave labour. In London, John Watson is set upon discovering the missing component – the soul – and restoring humanity to these creatures."
Saturday June 4
The Boy and The Beast (details), 3.30 pm. in NFT1.
'When Ren runs away he finds a secret entrance to a town of beasts and becomes apprentice to Kumatetsu, a self-centred creature who wants to become the new Beast Lord. This unlikely duo struggle at first, but when Ren leaves, Kumatetsu finds himself in danger and needs his young friend's help. Hosoda's follow up to Wolf Children proves he's an anime force to be reckoned with.'
Ghost in the Shell (1995 film) (details), 6.15 pm. in NFT1.
"We celebrate the 25th birthday of distributor Manga Entertainment with a screening of this anime classic, itself 21-years-old. Beautifully animated and disturbingly prophetic, Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic tale centring on Public Security Section 9's hunt for supreme hacker The Puppet Master."
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (details), 8.45 in NFT1.
"In this next edition of the popular franchise, it's 2029 and Major Motoko Kusanagi returns with Public Security Section 9 to investigate a group of cyborg ex-soldiers who have taken a number of hostages.!
Sunday June 5
When Marnie Was There (details), 12.40 p.m. in NFT 1. This is an English-dubbed screening that's not technically part of the Anime Weekend, but is designated as a 'BFI Families' screening.
"Anna is a sickly girl who's sent to live with relatives near the seaside, where she meets Marnie. Marnie claims to live in the mansion across the marsh, which at times seems dilapidated and at other times not... This Oscar®-nominated film from Studio Ghibli is an exquisitely hand-drawn treat."
Garm Wars: The Last Druid (details), 5.20 pm. in NFT3. Original version, in English.
"A clone war has overtaken the world with three tribes battling for air, land and technology. When one clone finds herself lost and on the run, she falls in with an unlikely group. This visually stunning live-action tale has a cyberpunk aesthetic and is the first English language outing for Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii.
Psycho-Pass The Movie (details), 8 pm. in NFT3.
'Inspector Tsunemori has an attempted terrorist attack to deal with and what's more – her chief suspect is her former partner, who now lives within a dictatorship zone with some very dangerous people. This anime action-adventure will please fans of the TV franchise but is also self-contained.'