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LIAF 2021: BFI JAPAN 2021 – Atsushi Wada – A Jolt to the Subconscious

December 3, 2021
8:00 pm
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Screening as part of  Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience  Network.

 

Born in 1980, Atsushi Wada started making his self-produced animated films in 2002 after studying at Tokyo University of the Arts. He has now made 15 short films which have screened at numerous festivals worldwide and been awarded several times over, including the ‘Silver Bear’ Award at the Berlin International Film Festival for ‘The Great Rabbit’.

These films, beautifully rendered in fine pencil-line drawings with understated splashes of colour, are more than just animated stories – watching them you can literally feel movement and experience sudden but subtle emotional jolts to the subconscious. Atsushi is very interested in the Japanese traditional concept called “Ma”, the tension produced between movements. These minimalist films, influenced by Noh Theatre, music and dance, shine a light on strange worlds and take a sideways look at human relationships with humans and human relationships with animals using only what is essential – nothing is superfluous.

LIAF is very proud to present a comprehensive retrospective of one of Japan’s most singular, fascinating and independent animators.

Find out about our other BFI Japan 2021 programmes: Into the Unknown – The Trippy Worlds of Indie Japanese Animation and Junk Head

Dancer of Vermicular – Atsushi Wada, Japan

Dancer of Vermicular, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalBased on a poem by Kenji Miyazawa. A worm in this river looks shiny to me.

2004 6 mins

The Thing of Rotation of Child – Atsushi Wada, Japan

The Thing of Rotation of Child, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalFor whom does the girl keep rotating? A story of a weird relationship between a child and adults.

2004 3 mins

A Clerk in Charge – Atsushi Wada, Japan

A Clerk in Charge, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA clerk does his own work. This is what a clerk should do.

2004 6 mins

Day of Nose – Atsushi Wada, Japan

Day of Nose, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalNucnuc means pleasant in English. We cannot be without Nucnuc for long – if we are, we become unpleasant.

2005 10 mins

Gentle Whistle, Bird, and Stone – Atsushi Wada, Japan

Gentle Whistle, Bird, and Stone, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA lot of mistakes may happen, but no problem. A whistle, a bird, a stone, a human, they are gentle.

2005 4 mins

A Manipulated Man – Atsushi Wada, Japan

A Manipulated Man, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIf there is a fixed number of words that a person speaks within his/her lifetime, and if that number is controlled from somewhere by someone, then it would probably be like the story in this film.

2006 5 mins

Well, That’s Glasses – Atsushi Wada, Japan

Well that's glasses, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHow was this made? Why? For what purpose and using what materials? What is this anyway? There are lots of things we need to find out about.

2007 6 mins

In A Pig’s Eye – Atsushi Wada, Japan

In A Pig’s Eye, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, ondon International Animation FestivalA huge pig lies near a house. The family of the house go about their everyday life, pretending to ignore the pig’s existence.

2010 10 mins

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The Mechanism of Spring – Atsushi Wada, Japan

The Mechanism of Spring / Haru no Shikumi, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalEverybody is excited to see the arrival of spring. This film tries to depict the excitement spring brings.

2010 4 mins

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The Great Rabbit – Atsushi Wada, Japan

The Great Rabbit, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIf you believe in the Rabbit, it means that you’ll believe anything. If you don’t believe in the Rabbit, it means that you won’t believe anything. Your choice.

2012 7 mins

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Anomalies – Atsushi Wada, Japan

Anomalies, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalSome people have faith in religion. Others believe in the existence of anomalies, such as unknowable and uncontrollable monsters.

2013 3 mins

My Marsh – Atsushi Wada, Japan

My Marsh, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe activities of cats, kobito, carp, and an uncle dressed as a woman on a swamp.

2017 4 mins

Autumn from Antonio Vivaldi “The Four Seasons” – Atsushi Wada, Japan

Autumn from Antonio Vivaldi "The Four Seasons", Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalDear Mr. Vivaldi, I apologise for setting your music to animation without your permission. But I wanted to depict “autumn” in my own way with various animals. Thank you for understanding. Yours sincerely, AW.

2017 11 mins

My Exercise – Atsushi Wada, Japan

My Exercise, Atsushi Wada, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalLet’s do sit-ups.

2020 3 mins

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Our Funding Partners

Arts Council England
With Special Thanks to the Arts Council England

 

Film London, Film Hub London, BFI FAN, National Lottery

Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.