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Screening of "IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD" and Talk by Japanologist Specializing in Manga and Anime Studies

MANILA (June 13, 2017) The Japan Foundation, Manila is pleased to present a screening of the award-winning Japanese animated film IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (この世界の片隅に, Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) together with a special talk by Dr. Jaqueline Berndt, director of the international traveling exhibition: Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master's Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics at Ateneo Art Gallery. The screening and the talk will be held on July 1 from 4pm at CCP Dream Theater (Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City), in collaboration with the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) | EIGASAI 2017 and the exhibition. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

The winner of Animation of the Year for the 40th Japan Academy Prize in 2016, IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD is a story about an ordinary young girl living in Hiroshima in war-time Japan. Directed by Sunao Katabuchi, the film is based on the manga of the same title created by Fumiyo Kono, and is an entirely hand-drawn film. Inspired by the practice of translating hand drawn manga to anime as shown in the film, the talk entitled “Made by Hand in the Age of Digitalization: On a Particularity of Present Manga and Anime” will be delivered before the film showing by Dr. Berndt who is a professor in Japanese Language and Culture at Stockholm University with an expertise in manga and anime studies.

© Fumiyo Kouno/Futabasha/Konosekai no katasumini Project Dr. Jaqueline Berndt
Dr. Berndt, who will be flying in to the Philippines to grace the exhibition, will also give a talk dubbed “Exhibiting Manga: Intentions, Difficulties, and Potentials” on Friday, June 30 from 3:30pm at Natividad Galang Fajardo Room, Dela Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University to discuss her experience in directing an exhibition on Japanese comics (manga). The exhibition is open from June 17 to July 28 at Ateneo Art Gallery, introducing the similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga, which now enjoys global popularity, and Katsushika Hokusai’s manga.

On July 1, celebrating the 20th anniversary of EIGASAI as well as the beginning of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month, JFF | EIGASAI will also presents a retrospective showcase of films: MEMORIES OF YOU (2pm) and THE STING OF DEATH (7:30pm) screened twenty years ago at CCP, the birthplace of EIGASAI, serving as a prelude to the grand opening night on July 6 at the Shangri-La Plaza. For updates and other screening schedules please follow the official JFF | EIGASAI Facebook Page: @eigasaiPH.

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