Magazine article Screen International

San Sebastian to Celebrate Animation and Oshima

Magazine article Screen International

San Sebastian to Celebrate Animation and Oshima

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Animation and the work of Nagisa Oshima, the Japanese director behind Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, are to feature as part of the next San Sebastian Festival.

The Basque festival has revealed the first details of its 61st edition, which will run from September 20-28.

The festival will screen all the films of Oshima, in collaboration with Filmoteca Española.

An iconic figure of Japan's nuberu bagu (new wave), the 80-year-old director made his debut in 1960 with Cruel Story of Youth and The Sun's Burial.

Overtly political, his obsessions with sex, politics, violence and death made him a controversial figure with films hugely influenced by the European new wave and avant garde. During this period, he made Double Suicide: Japanese Summer (1967) and Boy (1969).

Oshima won the best director award in Cannes with Empire of Passion (1978). …

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