Friday, July 24, 2009

Screenings, lecture on Japanese silent cinema at UP Film Institute

On July 31, Friday, Larry Greenberg, a Japanese silent film expert and CEO of Digital Meme (the company responsible for restoring and conserving Japanese silent films), will show his varied collection of Japanese anime and silent films at the University of the Philippines Film Institute.

Initial screenings of selected Japanese Anime Classic Collection will be held at 5 p.m. at the Ishmael Bernal Gallery, followed by a lecture at 7 p.m. to introduce Japanese films to Filipino moviegoers.

Other films in DVD format to be featured include "Kodakara Sodo" (Kid Commotion), "Orizuru Osen" (The Downfall of Osen) and "Oatsurae Jirokichi Koshi" (Jirokichi the Rat), with original narration by katsudo benshi, or motion picture narrators with original musical live scoring.

All films will be shown with English subtitles.
Admission is free. Screenings will be held from August 5 (Wednesday) to 7 (Friday), 4-7 p.m. at the Videotheque mini-theater, 2nd Floor, UP Film Institute, UP-Diliman, Quezon City.

This event is presented by the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan and the UP Film Institute as a culminating event of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month celebration. For detailed screening schedules and inquiries, visit or call (+632) 8116155 to 58.

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