Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Avalon: Sci-fi Film on Friday

Speaking of apocalypse, Junot Diaz, who is fond of apocalyptic sci-fi, might be interested in Friday's movie, Avalon, which was selected for our "The Future of Film" series by major film critic J. Hoberman. The series highlights what is happening to film in the 21st century. This computer-generated film in particular illustrates the rise of films that "no longer have need of an actual world, let alone a camera."

October 5 (Friday)Film screening — 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
Directed by Mamoru Oshii
(Japan and Poland, 2001, 107 minutes, color and b/w)
In Polish with English subtitles

Japan’s Mamoru Oshii pioneered the concept of a computer-generated world on film with his 1995 anime feature, GHOST IN THE SHELL, a major inspiration for 1999’s THE MATRIX. With AVALON, Oshii creates what Hoberman calls, “a new sort of cyborg entity, namely a digital-photographic fusion.” Made with a Polish cast and a Japanese crew, the film employs digital versions of vintage, sepia-tone photographs to create a battle simulation game set in Eastern Europe in the mid-20th century.