Films from the South announces in partnership with the Unibrow Kid, a completely unique day of Mangapolis on Sunday 12 October at Filmens Hus, as part of the festival. We open with the brilliant and somewhat nostalgic Pokémon: The First Movie, digged out from the archives for the occasion. There will be tables for Pokémon card games and video games, robo-ralley, sales stand from the store Neo Tokyo and prizes from Outland. Both theatres screen exciting animéfilm throughout the day, including Studio Ghibli's latest film; the Tale of Princess Kaguya. This day is dedicated to manga and animéfans, and anyone who loves Japanese pop culture!
The Unibrow Kid organises the day
Lars Hemmingby and Maha Mehdi from The Unibrow Kid are delighted to arrange the Mangapolis Day for you at Filmens Hus. Lars is behind the Mangapolis-blog , with both text and drawings - and was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Mangapolis as a separate section at the festival in 2011 or, as he says:
- Me and Lasse (edi. Skagen) was thinking along the same lines, and when two people who are thinking the same thoughts come together, it can quickly turn into something!
The same can be said of the newly established the Unibrow Kid; an event company that are engaged both in Norway and in Dubai. We have graciously been allowed to reveal the grand prize of the Mangapolis Day already; two VIP tickets to the Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai, April 2015!
Special treats on the big screen
Do not miss Takahata Isaos awaited masterpiece the Tale of Princess Kaguya, based on a thousand years old sci-fi tale. Isao is the "second king" in the Ghibli Studio, not yet as known as master Miyazaki. We have thus chosen to profile him this year.
The day before the day you can load up with Isaos tear-jerking, but beautiful masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies from 1988, about two children's survival during World War II. From the same war comes Giovanni's Island, about a friendship across the borders of the Soviet Union and Japan - created by director Nishikubo.
Gravity is turned upside down in the brilliant sci-fi animé Patema Inverted and so will perhaps your understanding of the world after having seen it. Neither will you be grounded with artist Murakami Takashis mix of live-action and animé; Jellyfish Eyes, which is well suited for both small and big.
Howls's Moving Castle comes from master Miyazaki's hand, and is perhaps his most inventive. For those who like it, or indeed for all animé enthusiasts, the documentary about Ghibli, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, is a natural choice.
Rumors that Miyazaki's going to retire and that the choice of successor will affect the quality of the films, Lars takes with a devastating calm.
- When Walt Disney died and later when Disney bought Pixar, they were promised the same fate, both studios produce films of fabulous quality today.
Lars and Maha are excited to see if the reappearance of the Pokémon will be high in demand, they point out that geek culture is a major reason why manga and animé has become more mainstream and plan to launch an animé club, so do keep a watchful eye on the Unibrow Kid.