Animate The Globe: A Virtual Film Series
Discover the world of animation with mindblowing films from Japan, Chile, Hungary, and the Ivory Coast. Featuring diverse storytelling techniques and unique animation styles, these films highlight artistic excellence and the limitless possibilities of animation. From cult classics to award-winning contemporary work, you won’t want to miss these films. Plus, we’re presenting an Animation Workshop with Joshua Mulligan, so you can learn how to tell your own stories.
Presented by Cinema Lamont and supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by the Anton Art Center.
BELLADONNA OF SADNESS
Virtual Screenings Available August 7
A mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy and Kimba The White Lion), Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.
Extremely transgressive and not for the easily offended, Belladonna is fueled by a mindblowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been restored using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, Belladonna marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (In Japanese with English subtitles.)
AYA OF YOP CITY
Virtual Screenings Available August 14
Set against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya of Yop City is a vibrant, beautifully animated adaptation of the best-selling series of graphic novels by co-director Marguerite Abouet.
Aya is 19, and she loves her neighborhood of Yop City in Abidjan, where everyone knows each other. It’s always lively, with open markets, colorful fabrics, funky cafés and music everywhere. Her mom Fanta is the neighborhood’s most trusted healer. Her dad is a sales rep for a brewery, and certainly gets his fill of the product. While Aya has dreams of becoming a doctor, her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, just like to hang out and spend their evenings dancing, drinking and flirting with boys. Their ambition is to follow Plan C: Combs, Clothes and Chasing Men! But big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, and the baby’s father is the spoiled son of one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country. How can he possibly tell his old man?
Animation Workshop with Joshua Mulligan
Sat, August 15, 2:00
Learn how to animate one frame at a time. In this online workshop, participants will use traditional materials to create short animations captured with Stop Motion Studio, a free animation program for Android/Apple smartphone or Tablet.
The Animation Workshop will be live using Zoom on August 15th at 2:00 pm EST. Small groups of All Ages will join an Hour in Half interactive session led by the animator Joshua Mulligan. The workshop’s goal is to provide a fun and supportive environment to excite and grow your creative spirit! Work alongside fellow artists. Benefit from asking questions in real-time, and meet other creatives to share your ideas.
SON OF THE WHITE MARE
Virtual Screenings Available August 21
One of the great psychedelic masterpieces of world animation, Son of the White Mare is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, part-Nibelungenlied, part-Yellow Submarine, lit by jagged bolts of lightning and drenched in rivers of blue, red, gold and green. A massive cosmic oak stands at the gates of the Underworld, holding seventy-seven dragons in its roots; to combat these monsters, a dazzling white mare goddess gives birth to three heroes – Treeshaker and his brothers – who embark on an epic journey to save the universe. Directed by Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics (famed for his 1974 Oscar-nominated short Sisyphus), Son of the White Mare has been restored in 4K using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements by Arbelos in collaboration with the Hungarian National Film Institute – Film Archive.More Info!
THE WOLF HOUSE
Virtual Screenings Available August 28
Maria, a young woman finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the home by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the place. Like in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to Maria’s feelings. The animals transform slowly into humans and the house becomes a nightmarish world. Inspired on the actual case of Colonia Dignidad, “The Wolf House” masquerades as an animated fairy tale produced by the leader of the sect in order to indoctrinate its followers.More Info!
This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by the Anton Art Center.