Film of the Fortnight: Persepolis

Persepolis (2007) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Persepolis is a French-Iranian animated film written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It is based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name and depicts her childhood and young adulthood in Tehran and Vienna against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Persepolis beautifully balances political and personal issues, historical events and everyday occurrences,…

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William Kentridge – Thick Time | Louisiana, Denmark

My latest art love at first sight was William Kentridge. I came into contact with Kentridge’s artistry about a year ago. I was visiting Lousiana – the museum of modern art in Humlebæk, Denmark – to check out their main exhibition at the time, Eye Attack, and decided to also take the opportunity to see…

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Film of the Fortnight: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki Environmental destruction, fear, conflict, warfare and compassion. Those are the central themes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese animated science fiction/fantasy adventure film written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki. The film, which takes place in a distant post-apocalyptic future,…

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Film of the Fortnight: The Triplets of Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Sylvain Chomet The Triplets of Belleville is a French animated comedy and adventure film like no other, written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. What sets it apart is the animation and the narration. It is skillfully caricaturististic in style, rich in detail and full of surreal touches. Furthermore it features…

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Film of the Fortnight: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) Lotte Reiniger Based on material from One Thousand and One Nights, this 90 year old German silent adventure movie is the oldest preserved animated feature film. As can be expected from an old rendition of folk tale stuff, The Adventures of Prince Achmed contains some objectionable elements, but the…

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Film of the Fortnight: Spirited Away

Spirited Away (2001) Hayao Miyazaki When it comes to animated film there is one name that shines brighter than all others and that is Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli. Spirited Away is the eighth feature film by director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author and manga artist Miyazaki, and the most successful film in Japanese history…

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Film of the Fortnight: Watership Down

Watership Down (1978) Martin Rosen Those who assume an animated film about talking rabbits is a sweet children’s story obviously haven’t seen Watership Down. Based on Richard Adam’s novel of the same name, this is quite a grim tale dealing with themes such as humanity’s destruction of nature, oppression and death. The variety of animation styles…

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