Saturday, November 13 - Masterclass at 10 AM, screening at 12 PM
Oscar®-nominated Koji Yamamura is the most successful auteur animation filmmaker in Japan today, and his international renown is almost beyond measure. Without a doubt, his oeuvre has set benchmarks for the limitless possibilities in short films – for art, for poetry, for transformation.
This special programme, co-curated by Michael Fukushima and Marco de Blois and presented with Montreal’s Cinémathèque québécoise, the Japan Foundation, and the National Film Board of Canada, represents but a small slice of Yamamura’s prodigious output but displays the eclectic and artful range of his creative palette. From his first commissioned works in the early 90s, to his breakout success Atamayama/Mt. Head, through his experimentation and explorations with The Old Crocodile and Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor, this is a must-see programme for anyone craving another look at their Yamamura favourites, and new audiences interested in one of the most influential auteur animators of his generation.