Albi. Japan comes to the Lapérouse cinema

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Until May 2, the Lapérouse cinema offers programming focused on Japan. You can discover current, animated, heritage and cult films.

Since Monday, the Lapérouse cinema has honored the land of the rising sun. Until May 2, we can discover several facets of Japanese cinema.

This Japanese spring began with “the Hanabi seasons; live to the rhythm of Japan”. The principle is simple: a screening of a film in preview every day for 7 days (from today to next Tuesday). Among these films, “Poupelle”, an animated film aimed at the youngest (from 5 years old). During this session, spectators will be able to learn how to make origami.

Since 2019, the Lapérouse cinema has been programming the Hanabi seasons like many other cinemas in France. But this year, Anna Ribeiro, the director wanted to go further and present a whole universe around Japan. “Without being elitist”, one of her major concerns when she establishes her programming. “This year, we decided to go further, with cult, heritage and animated films. We wanted to show some diversity and have a slightly broader vision of Japanese culture,” she explains. .

The director wanted to highlight Kinuyo Tanaka, one of the only directors of the “50s” by screening six of her films (from March 24 to May 2). These years are considered the golden age of Japanese cinema. From the “20s” “30s”, the Japanese had copied the American system of the major studios by sending professionals to Hollywood.

Another highlight: the cult animated film from the 70s: “Belladonna” (March 17 at 8 p.m.). It will be presented by Guilhem Carassus, the programmer of the Grindhouse paradise festival in Toulouse.

Finally, on Sunday March 20, at 7:30 p.m., animated cinema will be honored with the special Jujutsu Kaisen evening. That evening, spectators will be able to take part in a drawing competition. They will have 3 minutes to draw. And those who come in disguise will win a cinema ticket for a film shown later.

For Anna Ribeiro, Japanese films have a particular sensitivity. “They touch on major themes with finesse. We see Japan as a distant, ritualized culture. Cinema helps to understand this society closer than we imagine”, she believes.

Japanese cinema is beginning to be better known outside the country. In recent years, Asian cinema has also become more popular. “Japanese cinema was the first to have repercussions abroad. It was linked to the history of the big studios,” she concludes.