Magazine article Screen International

Tokyo to Host Hideaki Anno Showcase

Magazine article Screen International

Tokyo to Host Hideaki Anno Showcase

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The only filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki would ever acknowledge as his apprentice to be celebrated at TIFF.

The Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 23-31) is to host the first-ever major showcase of prominent Japanese filmmaker Hideaki Anno.

The World of Hideaki Anno will include screenings of around 50 of of his works, including TV and theatrical animation, short films he created when he was at school, commercial films, and promotional videos.

Ritual, which won the TIFF Best Artistic Contribution Award in 2000, and Love & Pop, which featured in the special screening section at TIFF in 2007, will be part of the collection. Further details will be announced at the launch of the TIFF line-up in late August.

Japanese animation will receive major focus at this year's TIFF, with the Anno showcase at the centre.

At an early stage of his career, Anno impressed legendary Studio Ghibli filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who subsequently hired him as an animator on his film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

Anno went on to create a string of hits, including 1990's Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, the first television series he directed; and the animated Evangelion series, which has become a global phenomenon. …

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