2016: Odense International Festival Films

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The streets at night; a slow saxophone plays. A howling wolf roams the city. Dad is on the loose. Sally, an introverted 15-year-old girl, tries to tame her wolf father, who has lost himself in the wilderness.
Director: Juliette Viger

Missing One Player 
A mahjong game is planned. Everyone waits for the last player to show up. The other three have no choice but to wait and sit there silently in tears. Never losing hope, they do believe that the fourth player will come. They look up to the sky waiting for this miracle to happen.
Director: LEI LEI

A couple lives in an idyllic seaside village, where giant machines have begun to upturn the cobblestone streets, and dust fills the air. Yet its residents go about their everyday lives. Losing a child and losing a city are two different things, yet loss destructively makes itself anew each day.
Director: Sunit Parekh

Sunday Lunch
James observes his family. They ask him questions and don’t listen to his answers, they give advice but don’t follow it, they stroke him and slap him, but it’s ok; that is the way Sunday lunch has always been and always will be.
Director: Celine Devaux
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2016: “Parade” De Satie

This film made its world premier at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. “Parade” De Satie is a parade of three managers and four performers. Mixing quotes from French composer Erik Satie’s essays with the ballet music “Parade” in 1916, this film is an animated re-creation of the “realist ballet images going beyond reality.”The music is composted by Breuker Willem and the the film was produced January 2016 in Japan.

2016: Sabaku

When Sabaku’s best friend Buffalo passes away, he needs to find himself a new friend. He tries to connect with different species, however soon finds out that it certainly isn’t as easy as it seems. Sabaku is in for a bumpy ride, but being the impossibly adorable character he is, he won’t rest until he succeeds. The movie is directed by Marlies van der Wel and by studio 100% Halal. The film runs approximately 2 minutes long.

2016: Mishimasaiko

Mishima lives in the shadows surrounded by worms in his underground lair. Early one morning, he discovers a rose in the sun in which the beautiful Saiko awakens. Mishima will do everything he can to satisfy her needs. But worms are not supposed to live in the sun. Mishimasaiko was born through French independent director Aude Danset and Japanese painter Minchi’s collaboration. The film is filled with both our cultures and our common sensibilities: nature, romance and fate. The movie has won numerous awards from ANIMFEST, Fetival du film Merveilleux et Imaginaire in Paris and premiered at Annecy.  The movie has also been shown in Denmark, Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The short film is 14 minutes long. A date has not yet been released. 

2016: Squirrel Island

A stop motion sci-fi action thriller following Dot, a renegade grey squirrel trapped on a hostile and mysterious red squirrel island. Teaming up with a reluctant acorn partner, she uncovers a horrifying red squirrel plot. Can Dot and Mr Acorn survive Squirrel Island? 585 backers pledged over 10,00o Euros to bring the project to life. The kickstarter ended in November 2, 2015.

2016: Phantom of the kill. Zero Kara No Hangyaku

Game producer Jun Imaizumi announced six new projects related to the smartphone game “Phantom of the Kill” celebrating the game’s one-year anniversary . One of the new projects is a 15-minute anime concept film. Naoyoshi Shiotani (Psycho-Pass, Blood-C: The Last Dark) will direct the concept film at Production I.G Fuji & Gumi Games’ strategy drama RPG follows mysterious girls who carry the names of legendary weapons (such as “Masamune”) as they search for their lost memories. The game allows players to collect characters and weapons, and enter dungeons to engage in turn-based tactical battles. The film made it’s debut online in Nico Nico livestream on May 26, 2016.

2016: Kagerou Daze, In a Day’s

Shintarou Kisaragi—a NEET who shut himself inside his room for 2 years—has been living his life normally until he met a cyber girl named Ene, who appeared in his computer screen when someone anonymously sent him a mysterious e-mail one year ago. One day, Ene had been messing with Shintaro’s PC, which causes him have to go to the outside world for first time in two years. Ultracreep Inc and Aniplex claim will be the first “short movie” in Japan to be produced with MX4D. Sidu who is a 23 year old illustrator of the Kagerou Daze novels will make her anime debit. The film is expected to open in winter of 2016 at TOHO cinemas.

With the 4DX and MX4D systems the theaters have motion seats that move in sync with certain action sequences onscreen. Effects such as scents and wind will operate as well to create a dramatic feel to the watcher. The Kagerou project began as a vocaloid song series in 2011. You won’t be seeing any Miku Hatsune though. The light novel series came out in 2012 and manga adaptation was released in June. The series inspired a 12 episode television adaptation titled Mekakucity Actors in 2014.