Japanese anime director Keiichi Hara is coming to Animest.18

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The director Keiichi Hara, one of the most appreciated Japanese artists of the moment, is coming to Romania at the 18th edition of the Animest Festival (October 6-15). A reference name in the world of anime films, the author will enter into dialogue with the audience at the screenings of the retrospective that the festival dedicates to him this year and will hold a masterclass in which he will share secrets from behind the scenes of the projects that brought him international fame.

The director will come to Bucharest accompanied by Miho Maruo, who signs the scripts of all his successful films. In honor of the presence of the two, Animest will dedicate Sunday, October 8, to Japanese culture, offering the public a special event at Cinemateca Eforie, in collaboration with IZANAGI – Japanese Film Festival.

Animest.18 program and tickets will be available soon on the Eventbook platform.

Before becoming one of the most influential anime creators, Keiichi Hara worked in advertising and later in television. He didn’t wait long to be noticed. Immediately after graduating from Tokyo Designer Gakuin College, he got a job in a production studio, soon becoming part of the creative teams of some very popular Japanese animated television series. Among the best known are phenomenal productions such as Doraemon, for which he directed several episodes, or Crayon Shin-chan, where he wrote and directed countless episodes, between 1993 and 2005.

Some of them brought him numerous awards in Japan.His first film as an independent director was Summer Days with Coo (2007), which was very well received in Japan, and his first honors at Annecy, which ensured his position on the list of the most watched anime creators worldwide, came in 2011 , along with Colorful. The film marks an important moment in the artistic discourse of the director, who often declares that he uses his talent to draw attention to the carelessness with which the authorities treat the depression from which more and more teenagers in Japan suffer.

In 2015, Keiichi Hara returned to the Annecy competition with the feature film Miss Hokusai. The film presents the life and work of the unmistakable Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai – the creator of the ‘Great Wave off Kanagawa’, through the eyes of his daughter. Art lovers and fans of animated films will be able to watch it in the Animest program on Saturday, October 7, from 21:00, at Cinemateca Eforie.

Also here, the next day, from the same time, viewers will watch on the big screen The Wonderland (2019), the pioneering adventure of a teenage girl who accesses a fantastic world that she is given the chance to save. The film continues to explore the director’s fascination with the world of the supernatural, present in most of his work.The latest work signed by Keiichi Hara, included this year in the International Feature Film Competition at Animest, emerges from a magical universe.

In Lonely Castle in the Mirror, screened in the presence of the author on Monday, October 9, at Cinemateca Eforie, six teenagers escape from their gray realities through the mirrors in their rooms.

All become portals to an enchanted castle, where the adventure is about to begin.About the things that inspire him, about the anime industry and how it is viewed in the context of world cinema, but also about his professional path, the director Keiichi Hara will tell in a masterclass scheduled on Sunday, October 8, from 4:00 p.m. , at the Cervantes Institute.

October 8 – Japan day @ Animest.18

After meeting Keiichi Hara, fans of Japanese culture are invited to join the celebration organized in partnership with IZANAGI – Japanese Film Festival. Workshops, presentations and tastings will take place in the foyer of the Eforie cinema, and from 19:00 The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes, the latest creation of the director Tomohisa Taguchi, awarded this year with the Paul Prize, will play on the big screen Grimault at Annecy. The story follows the adventures of two teenagers who discover a magical tunnel, at the end of which any wish can be fulfilled, at the cost of years of life.

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