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Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7PM – 11:30PM

Near Now Fellow Adham Faramawy presents a free double bill screening of Japanese animations: Paprika (2006) and Belladonna of Sadness (1973) as part of POROUS BODIES, a series of events devised by the artist to complement his Fellowship research.

Jamie Sutcliffe, writer, curator and co-director of Strange Attractor Press, will introduce the screening, discussing animation and bodily-metamorphosis — the stretching, blurring and mutation of bodies into new formulations of the 'human'.

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This event is free to attend, but capacity is limited.

7:00PM: Doors open
7:30PM: Introductions by Adham Faramawy and Jamie Sutcliffe
8:15PM: Paprika (15)
10:00PM: Belladonna of Sadness (18)
11:30PM: Close

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Prepare to enter the realm of fantasy and imagination — where reality and dreams collide in a kaleidoscopic mindscape of sheer visual genius. The magical tale centres on a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to enter and record a subject’s dream. After being stolen, a fearless detective and brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device — before it falls into the hands of a “dream terrorist” in this gripping anime thriller from acclaimed director Satoshi Kon.


A 1973 Japanese animated musical inspired by the 19th-century French historian Jules Michelet’s account of witchery in the Middle Ages.

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci.

Belladonna of Sadness, directed by Eiichi Yamamoto, unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolour paintings that bleed and twist together. A young woman, Jeanne, is raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself, who appears as a sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

CONTENT WARNING: Belladonna of Sadness features images of extreme violence and sexual assault.

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