Masashi Ando’s directorial debut is an epic fantasy about Van, the leader of a band of death warriors who is enslaved in a salt mine. One night, savage dogs attack the mine and a mysterious disease wipes out both the slaves and their keepers. Van escapes with a little girl called Yuna and sets out to discover the source of the disease. (2022)

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Satoshi Kon’s anime thriller stars a young dream detective named Paprika, who must stop terrorists from using a stolen machine that allows therapists to enter their patients’ dreams. The reality and dreams blur, and chaos breaks out in a not-so-far-off future. 

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Based on the popular graphic novel Marjane ‘Marji’ Statrapi, Persepolis is the story of a young girl coming of age in a rapidly changing world.  Set to the backdrop of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, this beautifully animated film follows Marjane as she struggles to find her voice and her place in a society corrupted by tyranny and religious fundamentalism. 

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This Chilean stop-motion horror film is a dark and wildly original masterpiece. Based on the Nazi stronghold cult Colonia Dignidad run in Chile in the 1970s, the animation is enrapturing and unforgettable.

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From the creators of Wallace and Gromit comes a hilarious barnyard tale about chicken rebellion! Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual death, Ginger the chicken and Rocky the rooster decide to lead their fellow chickens in a great escape. 

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Don’t miss this magical samurai stop animation film. A young boy named Kubo accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, and must solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father and his mystical weaponry, as well as discover his own magical powers.

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Wes Anderson’s endlessly charming stop animation icon Mr. Fox bored with his current life, plans a heist against the three local farmers. The farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with the sly fox, seek revenge against him and his family.

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On-Gaku is the lo-fi, arthouse rocker comedy we didn’t know we needed. An unconventional animated film coming out of Japan in 2019, On-Gaku (translates to “our sound”) follows a group of bored delinquent teens who come together to play music and discover the joy of creating something of their own. It was based on a manga created by Hiroyuki Ôhashi.

Director Kenji Iwaisawa took seven years to make On-Gaku, his first feature film, and the scrappy passion for filmmaking and classic rock is contagious.

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From acclaimed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) comes a heartwarming and moving comedy-drama about an unconventional family, based on the popular novel by Kanako Nishi.
Nikuko is a big and jolly personality in an otherwise sleepy seaside town in northern Japan. Her daughter Kikuko is the opposite — quiet and pensive as she navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school. Everything changes for the mother-daughter duo when a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot their tender relationship.

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