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Archives for: September 2010, 18

Saturday, September 18, 2010

10:12:19 pm , 261 words, 5001 views     Categories: Animation, Indie, Movie

Midori-ko at Ottawa

It's here. Keita Kurosaka's magnum opus, which I wrote about back in April, will be screening at the Ottawa International Animation Festival on October 21, 22 and 23. (info) OIAF has a great lineup of indie features this year: Phil Mulloy's Goodbye Mister Christie, Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist and an intriguing-sounding film called Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. And One Piece movie 10 for some reason.

As if that weren't enough, they've got a great focus on Japanese indies this year, including a retrospective on Atsushi Wada and Kei Oyama, one on Osamu Tezuka, and a fabulous two-parter that is probably one of the best ever all-around intros to the history of indie Japanese animation, featuring films by the likes of Noburo Ofuji, Maya Yonesho, Mirai Mizue, Taku Furukawa, Nobuhiro Aihara, Tanaami Keiichi, Tadanari Okamoto, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Tochka, Kunio Kato, Naoyuki Tsuji, Koji Yamamura, Seiichi Hayashi and Naoyuki Tsuji, to name but the ones I've talked about in here in the past. I don't know if it's the first subbed screening ever of a Tadanari Okamoto film at a festival (they're screening Okonjoururi), but it's certainly one of the few.

It's disappointing that Midori-ko won't be showing at this year's Vancouver International Film Festival, which is going on from September 30 to October 15. In fact, they have a very scant selection of animated films this year. They've had some good retrospectives in past years. But at least they'll be showing The Illusionist at the VIFF. I've already bought my ticket for October 15th. It's being given royal treatment - it's the gala finale of the festival.