UK Premiere.

Curzon Soho
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Country: Japan/Poland/France
Runtime: 106
Colour: Colour
Sound: THX
Language: Japanese/Polish (english subtitled)

In a future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon.

When Ash, a star player, hears of rumors that a more advanced level of the game exists somewhere, she gives up her loner ways and joins a gang of explorers. Even if she finds the gateway to the next level, will she ever be able to come back to reality?

This film bears a resemblance to previous Oshii films, including Patlabor 2, Ghost in the Shell, and most significantly, Angel's Egg.

Like most of Oshii's films, it's a surreal piece about the confusion of dreams and reality. The visuals are absolutely astounding. You will be hard-pressed to find a live action piece with visuals as detailed, complex, and memorable as Avalon. Much of the commentary and true meaning is found through the film's obscure visuals and symbolism. Even if you don't really get it in the end, it'll leave you thinking for a long while. Those who are up to repeated viewings will start to discover what the film is truely about, as randomly interpretational as it -may seem- at first.

This film is truly a visionary masterpiece, and is not to be missed!

This movie is introduced by SEERA from Sci-Fi channel. She also shows us excerpts from an exclusive interview with Mamoru Oshii.

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