NY Int'l Children's Film Festival Shows Azur & Asmar, Summer Wars

In English - Recommended ages 6 to adult

Fri, Sat & Sun, Aug 20-22 - 11:00am - IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third)

Michel Ocelot's shimmering masterpiece is a fairytale-like adventure set within a landscape of incomparable brilliance and beauty. The film is the story of two boys raised as brothers. Blonde, blue-eyed, white-skinned Azur and black-haired, brown-eyed, dark-skinned Asmar are lovingly cared for by Asmar's gentle mother, who tells them magical stories of her faraway homeland and of the beautiful, imprisoned Djinn Fairy waiting to be set free. Years later, as a young adult, Azur remains haunted by memories of the sunny land of his nanny, and sets sail south across the high seas to find the country of his dreams.

"The most beautiful film of 2009! It's hard to imagine a more transporting cinematic experience!" Roger Ebert.

"Five Stars! Absolutely Gorgeous!" Time Out New York

"Mesmerizing! Dazzling! A Feast for the Eyes!" Seattle Times

"Impossibly Gorgeous! The year's most beautiful animated film!" Salon

"Sheer Dazzlement! Cinema whose every frame could be hung on an art gallery wall!" Financial Times.

Japanese with English subtitles - Recommended ages 9 to adult

Sat & Sun, Aug 28 & 29 - 11:00am - IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third)


"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.



The $80 NYICFF 10-pass card is valid for 10 adult or child admissions to NYICFF year-round screenings at IFC Center. (Regular admission is $13 adult and $9 child.)

Present the NYICFF 10-pass at the IFC Center box office to receive tickets for any regular NYICFF year-round screening at IFC Center. May be used for advance ticket purchase or day of show purchase. May be used for 10 people going to one show, one person going to 10 shows, or any combination in between. Valid one year from date of purchase. Note that possession of a 10-pass does not guarantee admission to a sold out show. Not redeemable during the annual March Festival.

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