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Mutafukaz

A Film by Guillaume Renard and Shoujirou Nishimi

WEST COAST PREMIERE
In English
Shoujirou Nishimi & Guillaume Renard, France/Japan, 2017, 90 min
Recommended ages 17+

Saturday, October 21, 7pm
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Ultraviolent Mutafukaz is the love-child of French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard and ultra-hip Japanese animation house, Studio 4°C, creators of Tekkonkinkreet, Genius Party and Mind Game. The Tekkonkinkreet dream team of Shoujirou Nishimi and art director Shinji Kimura reunite to bring to life a dark but stunningly animated sci-fi vision that mixes anime, film noir, Lucha Libre, and gang culture in an orgy of first-person shooter mayhem.

The film centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinny, who live in a seedy tenement in the LA-inspired metropolis of Dark Meat City – a burnt-out, gang and cockroach-ridden neo-urban hell that makes Blade Runner’s LA seem like The Brady Bunch. Following a scooter accident Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half human and half Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.

Comment: contains graphic violence, adult language as well as potentially offensive language and depictions of race and gender characterizations

Film also screened at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2017

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Meet Your Maker

Shojiro Nishimi

MUTAFUKAZ Shojiro Nishimi is a director of animated films known for his realistic productions and spectacular action scenes. His use of original characters with distinctive proportions immediately attracts his viewers’ attention, and his unique, delicate universe is the culmination of his artistic brilliance. He worked as director of animation on Tekkonkinkreet, which was rewarded Best […]

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Guillaume Renard

MUTAFUKAZ The work Guillaume Renard, aka Run, falls within a modern approach blending stylized drawings, pulp references and strong urban culture. His first animated short Operation Blackhead (selected at Sundance, 2003) was a precursor to the Mutafukaz universe. In 2006, Ankama Editions published the first volume of Mutafukaz and in 2008 Run created Label 619, […]

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