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Animation Screenings all weekend 11/5: SPECTACLE THEATER
Nov 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm| $5
$5 Animation Screenings all weekend
FRIDAY NOV 4th:
7:30 PM — HEAD SPACE 3-D (Animation Showcase… 3-D works)
10:00 PM — JÁNOS VITÉZ (JOHNNY CORNCOB), 1973: dir. Marcell Jankovics
Showing with KUZDOK (THE STRUGGLE), 1977 and MÉLYVIZ, 1970
SATURDAY NOV 5th:
5:00 PM — COMPOTE COLLECTIVE: ANIMATIONS FROM SOFIA, BULGARIA
7:30 PM — COMIC BOOK CAVALCADE w/ Fantagraphics cartoonists Anya Davidson), Steve Weissman and Benjamin Marra
10:00 PM — FEHÉRLÓFIA (THE SON OF THE WHITE MARE), 1981: dir. Marcell Jankovics
SUNDAY NOV 6th:
5:00 PM — COMPOTE COLLECTIVE: ANIMATION SHORTS FROM SOFIA, BULGARIA
It’s impossible to mistake Marcell Jankovics’ work for anyone else’s. Fluid, gorgeous, hallucinogenically colorful, his films fully exploit expressive possibilities only available through animation. Despite outsized brushes with the U.S. – part of his short film Sisyphus was used in a 2008 GMC Superbowl ad (notably nixing the rock rolling back), and pre-production on Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove (never seen after the film devolved into its “stupid, kitschy final version,” in Jankovics’ words) – the director remains criminally underknown in this country.
His deep appreciation of mythology (having written numerous books and articles on the subject) is reflected in a body of work rooted in folk- and fairytales, mining the specific, yet fleshing out to the underlying universal. Often adapting material he feels hasn’t been properly expressed in other mediums, Jankovics’ careful consideration of the emotional and psychological impact of each aesthetic element results in the definitive version of the work.
Starting at 19, he rose through Budapest’s Pannonia Film Studios from in-betweener to director in a mere five years, and continued working through governmental shifting to and from Communism. With a prolific career spanning over a half-century, Marcell Jankovics continues to produce incredible, emotional works to this day, and Spectacle is proud to present a small selection of them.
Special thanks to the Hungarian National Film Archive, and please read Cartoon Brew’s excellent (and unfortunately rare) interview with this amazing and thoughtful man.