Four Japanese Films in NY International Children’s Film Festival

February 27, 2015 6:00 pmtoMarch 22, 2015 8:30 pm

 

 

New York International Children’s Film Festival

Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 22

Tickets are on sale for the New York International Children’s Film Festival, which will screen two features and two shorts from Japan. When Marie Was There, the latest feature from Studio Ghibli, is one of the opening night features. The other feature is Jellyfish Eyes, a live action/animated film by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who recently held a solo exhibition of large-scale works at the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea.

North America’s largest film festival for children and teens ages 3-18, the New York International Children’s Film Festival is an Oscar® qualifying event that was established in 1997. This year’s festival will screen more than 100 films from around the world and host retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, audience voting, and a Closing Night Celebration.

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When Marnie Was There. Photo courtesy NYICFF.

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE – North American Premiere, Animation, Japan, Hiromasa Yonebayashi; In Japanese with English subtitles.

  • Friday, February 27 at 8:30 p.m.
    Directors Guild of America – 110 W. 57th Street (at 6th Avenue)
  • Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m.
    SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery, and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can. When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.
Recommended ages: 9 to adult

 

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Jellyfish Eyes. Photo Courtesy NYICFF.

JELLYFISH EYES – Live Action/Animation, Japan, Takashi Murakami; In Japanese with English subtitles.

  • Saturday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m.
    SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
  • Sunday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m.
    SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Pop art superstar Takashi Murakami makes his feature film debut with a campy, genre-defying adventure that mixes lo-fi Japanese disaster movie, new kid-on-the-block coming-of-age story, and Pokémon-style anime with a delirious abundance of wonderfully imagined magical creatures. Setting Murukami’s fantastical animated designs in an otherwise live action film,Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside in the wake of a natural disaster.
Recommended ages: 9 to adult

 

HAPPY BOGEYS – Animation, Japan, Takashi Kurihara

  • Sunday, March 1 at 11:15 a.m.
    IFC – 323 Avenue of the Americas (at 3rd Street)
  • Saturday, March 7 at 11:00 a.m.
    Scholastic Theater – 557 Broadway (between Prince and Spring Streets)
  • Sunday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m.
    SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
  • Sunday, March 15 at 11:15 a.m.
    IFC – 323 Avenue of the Americas (at 3rd Street)
  • Saturday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m.
    Village East Cinema – 189 2nd Avenue (at 12th Street)

The North American premiere of Happy Bogeys by Takashi Kurihara is part of Shorts for Tots, targeting children ages three to six.

 

Fancy Shirts – Animation, Japan, Manabu Himeda

  • Saturday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m.
    SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
  • Saturday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m.
    Village East Cinema – 189 2nd Avenue (at 12th Street)

In this North American premiere, a mysterious creature has appeared, and it issues a message of mystery: “Go away.”

To see the entire list of participating films and the complete schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit GKIDS.com.