The Book of the Dead, June 28, 29
An intricately detailed puppet rendering of a Noh play; an unconventional, exquisite fairy tale; a story made in Jiri Trnka's Prague animation studio; and one of Kawamoto's few drawn animations in this program spanning two decades of the artist's career.
Please see June 28.
In this selection of playful and poetic shorts by the great Japanese animator, puppets act out wry moral fables and tales of ghosts and passions. Also featuring Kawamoto's experiments in kirigami (cutout animation).
A young noblewoman and student of Buddhism is haunted by the spirit of a prince executed years earlier in this exquisite feature-length puppet animation, a meditation on the tension between material and spiritual worlds and a tribute to the souls of the dead. Repeated on June 29.