Drag out the purple three-eyed squid again! No, we’re not talking about a new Godzilla film; the second annual Zipangu Fest is set to kick off in the UK from November 18th to the 24th at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. For those who missed our special podcast coverage of their first event, the Zipangu Fest, which is the UK’s first film festival dedicated to Japanese film, focuses on a wide spectrum of genres and formats including shorts, animation, independent, lost cinematic gems, and more. The festival was conceived by Jasper Sharp, co-founder of Midnight Eye, and author of Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema (FAB Press, 2008).
While VCinema has not yet arranged to do so, we certainly hope to bring you either podcast or blog coverage of the festival. Stay tuned for details.
To read the official Zipangu Fest press release, continue after the jump.
SECOND ZIPANGU FEST TO KICK OFF AT LONDON’S ICA
This year’s celebration of cutting edge Japanese cinema will get under way from November 18th to 24th
Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the second Zipangu Fest – celebrating the best of cutting edge and avant garde Japanese cinema – will be held at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts from November 17th to 24th, before moving to venues around the UK.
Showcasing a selection of Japan’s finest features, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films, this year’s Zipangu Fest will include a retrospective screening of two rarely seen gems that have never been shown in the UK. One of these – a pre-war horror title – has been subtitled especially for the festival.
Festival director and head programmer, Jasper Sharp, comments: ‘After the runaway success of last year’s festival, we are very excited about Zipangu Fest 2011. Our aim is to showcase the wealth of talent in the independent and experimental filmmaking scene in Japan by showing the sort of films that other festivals barely seem to be aware of. The beauty of Japanese film is that you know you’re always going to see something different, and this year we’ve got another exciting and diverse range of titles to challenge, provoke and entertain. We’re particularly thrilled that the ICA is hosting this year’s event, as it is the perfect venue for us, and with last year’s programme touring to cities including Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle and Tallinn in Estonia, we hope to continue with our goal of bringing these films to as wide an audience as possible.’
Full details and descriptions of the films to be screened will be available soon at: http://zipangufest.com.