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PAPRIKA

Japan, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Animation Gallery)

Director: Satoshi Kon

PAPRIKA

“This head movie is cunningly designed to mess up minds.” - Japan Times Living a double life, Dr Atsuko Chiba is a 29 year-old research psychotherapist working on the cutting edge of the scientific community. Her alter ego, 18 year-old Paprika, is a dream detective who enters people's sleep at night to battle the source of their neuroses and anxieties. When an evil force steals her dream-entering device, waking life becomes over-run by nightmares and Paprika is the only hope for saving Tokyo from annihilation. Stomping all over the line between dreams and reality, filmmaker Satoshi Kon continues to explore the themes of his previous award-winning films, Tokyo Godfathers and Perfect Blue. Nominated for the Golden Lion Award at last year's Venice Film Festival.

D Satoshi Kon P Jungo Maruta, Masao Takiyama S Seishi Minakami, Satoshi Kon Dist Sony Pictures L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/90mins

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