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Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival 2018 Brochure

Full programme brochure for Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival 2018

30 th anniversary: akira

30 th anniversary: akira Katsuhiro Otomo 124 min / 1988 / Japan Sat 28/04 @ 22:45 Light House Cert: 15a Dublin Sci-Fi film Festival There are certain science-fiction films, such as Blade Runner and Kubrick’s 2001, that are so well realised that they can influence the genre for decades to come. Now Akira has been around for some 30 years (and is due for a Hollywood remake), we have seen how long a shadow it has cast not only over science fiction but also animation, it sits comfortably alongside those other lauded titles. Another thing it shares with them is how it always offers up something new or missed with every viewing. The plot, straightforward to some, impenetrable to others, concerns a futuristic neo-Tokyo biker gang whose lives are impacted on after an accidental collision with a secret government-run project dealing with telekinetic powers in children. Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated. – Phelim O’Neill, The Guardian “Simply put, no Akira, no Matrix. It’s that important.” – Kim Newman, Empire 65th Anniversary: The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Eugene Lourie 81 min / 1953 / US Sun 29/04 @ 12:00 Generator Cert: pg One of the key titles in the 1950s science fiction boom, this was conceived as an atom age equivalent of King Kong and became the breakout film for rising effects man Ray Harryhausen. Beast sets the pattern for many subsequent creature features, opening with an A-bomb test that releases a dinosaur from its millionyear-sleep in the arctic ice, then has the monster destroy a few ships at sea and an isolated lighthouse while the nuclear scientist hero who glimpses the thing in the blizzard tries to convince the authorities that he isn’t crazy. The rousing climax brings the monster ashore in New York to chomp down on big city cops, trample through familiar streets and send crowds fleeing in panic before it takes a last stand amid burning rollercoasters on Coney Island. – Kim Newman, Empire Magazine 11

Family: Big Fish & Begonia Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang 105min / 2016 / China sun 29/04 @ 12:00 Light House CERT: PG Beneath the human world is a mystical domain whose inhabitants, once they turn 16 years old must travel through a vortex to observe mankind for a week. Young Chun takes the form of a dolphin, but on her journey unwittingly finds herself in a life and death situation involving a human boy that results in her making a huge decision. Chun’s world is an incredible magical realm whose residents include a one-eyed man carried in a carriage by cats, a giant two-headed snake and a rat matron who commands her obliging vermin gang. Big Fish & Begonia is an exceptional, visually breathtaking Chinese animated fantasy, as near to the best of Studio Ghibli as you’re likely to find anywhere. Think Spirited Away meets The Little Mermaid and you’re on the right track. - Justin Johnson, BFI “This marvelous and mind-blowing animated feature surpasses anything cartoon China has produced before in terms of sheer beauty, even as it defies interpretation.” – Peter Debruge, Variety Marjorie Prime Michael Almereyda 98 min / 2017 / US Sun 29/04 @ 14:00 Light House Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival Dublin Sci-Fi film Festival Adapted from Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, it’s a quiet and thoughtful affair, characterised by very soulful performances from everyone concerned, even those playing holograms. The film stands as a lowtech counterpart to Spike Jonze’s Her. Lois Smith plays Marjorie, a woman in her eighties whose faculties are beginning to fail along with her appetite. Her daughter, Tess (Geena Davis), and son-in-law, Jon (Tim Robbins), live with her in a remote, seafront home. So does a computerised, much younger version of her deceased husband, Walter (Jon Hamm). This robot has extraordinary powers of empathy. The more information it/he is fed, the more he learns. To Tess’s chagrin, Marjorie gets on far better with the computer programme than she does with her own flesh-and-blood relatives. – Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent "The film, with its coastal haze and its fickle gusts of rain, is likely to lodge in your memory. Or, as it will soon be called, your hard drive." – New Yorker 12

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