NY Int'l Film Festival to Air Summer Wars and Tales From Earthsea

Jul 27th 2010
In English - Recommended ages 9 to adult
Sun, Aug 1 - 11:00am - IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third)
First East Coast screening - one show only
Free posters and Miyazaki DVD's to the first families in line

The newest release from famed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo) is the first feature directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki, and is based on the fantasy book series by Ursula K. Le Guin.

The film is set in a medieval world of castles and dragons, a world that has been thrown into chaos by an imbalance of magical forces and is being overtaken by a dark sorcerer on a quest to attain immortality. Meanwhile, troubled young Prince Arren is pursued by demons of his own, until he falls in with the master wizard Sparrowhawk and young Therru - another in a long line of strong-willed Miyazaki female protagonists - and together they set out to defeat the sorcerer and restore balance to Earthsea.

Comment: Rated PG-13, film contains animated violence and bloodshed.

Japanese with English subtitles - Recommended ages 9 to adult
Sat & Sun, Aug 28 & 29 - 11:00am - IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third)
Encore screening of NYICFF 2010 opening night film

"Spectacular! Visionary! Mind-Bending! Staggering!" - Variety. Don't miss the scintillating new feature from Mamoru Hosoda, a film whose "dazzling fluency of motion and untethered brilliance of invention makes the usual fantasy anime look childish and dull!" - Japan Times

Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job - passing himself off as Natsuki's boyfriend for four days during her grandmother's 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control to national defense and nuclear launch codes. Now a malicious AI program called the Love Machine is hijacking Oz accounts, growing exponentially more powerful and sowing chaos and destruction in its wake.

Mamoru Hosoda's cyberpunk/sci-fi story is a visual tour-de-force, with the amazing world of Oz as the highlight. Like the Internet as conceived by pop artist Haruki Murakami, Oz is a hallucinatory pixel parade of cool avatar designs, kung fu jackrabbits, toothy bears, and a bursting rainbow of colors.

Comment: Film contains animated violence and some mild language.

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