Japanese Anime Screening: Paprika

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"Evidence that Japanese animators are reaching for the moon while most of their American counterparts remain stuck in the kiddie sandbox."'New York Times

Japanese animator Satoshi Kon's masterly anime Paprika (2006) centers on a revolutionary psychotherapy device which allows doctors to enter patients' dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. But one of the prototypes is stolen. In the wrong hands it could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer's personality as they sleep. When several of the lab's researchers begin to go mad, scientist Atsuko Chiba enters the dream world with her fearless alter-ego, "dream detective" PAPRIKA, to intervene.

As he did in Millennium Actress (2001), Kon effortlessly carries the audience between reality and fantasy, confirming his reputation as one of the most talented and interesting directors working in animation.

Satoshi Kon was at the forefront of a new movement in Japanese animation. His dazzling visual compositions and humane emotionally resonant stories won him a devoted following in animation circles and beyond. Unfortunately, Kon passed away at the age of 46 on August 24, 2010. This event is a tribute to his artistic achievements.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Tom Vick on Kon's works and his influence in Japanese pop culture. Vick, one of the foremost experts on Asian cinema, is the film programmer for the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution and the author of Asian Cinema: A Field Guide.

6:00 pm: Doors open
6:30 to 6:35 pm: Introduction
6:35 to 8:05 pm: Screening
8:05 to 8:30 pm: Q&A with Tom Vick
8:30 to 9:00 pm: Light Reception

This event is co-hosted with Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC)

Event Details

Wed 29 Sep 2010
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Lafayette Center III (Lower Level), 1155 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20036-3308 Washington, DC
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