BELLADONNA OF SADNESS

Mo, 26.09. | 18:00
Belladonna

If you picture animation cinema as diverse flora, Eiichi Yamamoto’s masterpiece “Belladonna of Sadness” would be the rarest of flowers. The third and last part of the “Animerama” trilogy, that focuses on mature content, tells the story of Jeanne a newly wed farmer’s wife, who is raped by an aristocrat and then haunted by a phalloid demon: She is to seek revenge for her own desecration. Yamamoto based his legendary obscure Anime on Jules Michelet’s non fiction work “La Sorciére”: The (probable) witchcraft in both works is described as a appropriate and popular rebellion against the church and feudal rulers’ oppression. “Belladonna of Sadness” is a radically subversive feminist fantasy, whose outrageous combination of explicit sexuality and violence has not to this day lost any of its transgressive potential. The pictures, often painted with watercolors and brought to life with tracking shots, lead again and again to frenetic rhythmic and excessively loaded color- and form-orgies, not only letting you comprehend but actually feel Jeanne’s emancipation of all her oppressors. “Belladonna of Sadness” is an infinitely fascinating, vibrant gem and one of the big masterpieces of animated cinema – and of the fantastic film.

When and where?
Mo, 26.09. | 18:00 – Filmcasino
KANASHIMI NO BELLADONNA
J 1973 | 93' Min | DCP
Language OmdU
Director Eiichi Yamamoto
Cast Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama
Writer Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Eiichi Yamamoto
Editing Masashi Furukawa
Cinematography Shigeru Yamazaki
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