Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tons of anime and more at the 62nd Annual Locarno International Film Festival

by Chris MaGee

The Locarno International Film Festival, held annually in Switzerland at the foot of the Alps, has a reputation for programming high brow, art house fare and this year's line-up certainly bears that out; but Japanese film fans will notice that the festival programmer have assembled an impressive selection of anime for guests this August. Check out this list of films:

Pom Poko - Isao Takahata
Redline - Takeshi Koike
Mobile Suit Gundam - Ryoji Fujiwara/ Yoshiyuki Tomino
Summer Wars - Mamoru Hosoda
La Maison en petits cubes - Kunio Kato

Japan isn't just being represented by animation at Locarno this year though Masahiro Kobayashi's "Where Are You?" and Takuya Dairiki and Takashi Miura's "Nikotoko Island" will also be premiering - but the lion's share of Japanese representation comes via the animated route.

Of all those anime films represented Koike's "Redline" has me most intrigued. Koike previosuly directed the "World Record" segment of the "Animatrix" collection, and "Redline's" story of a deadly car race was co-written by "Funky Forest" and "The Taste of Tea" director Katsuhito Ishii. Check out the trailer below... but hold onto your seats!

Check out more on this year's Locarno International Film Festival at its official website here. Thanks to Quiet Earth for pointing the way to this.

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