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Sat, Feb 18 at Midnight


  • Dir. Satoshi Kon
  • Japan
  • 2006
  • 90 min.
  • R
  • DCP

In Japanese with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Midnight Movies

Sat, Feb 18 at Midnight: introduction from local animator Nathan Morrow | BUY TICKETS

Prepare to enter the realm of fantasy and imagination –– where reality and dreams collide in a kaleidoscopic mindscape of sheer visual genius. This psychedelic thriller centers 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.

“The late Satoshi Kon's 2006 anime fantasy PAPRIKA — a mind-blower on a VIDEODROME/2001 scale of sensory and intellectual bombardment — exemplifies more than any digital-animation feature in years the freedom of working in a medium with no physical restraints.” —Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene

“In PAPRIKA, a gorgeous riot of future-shock ideas and brightly animated imagery, the doors of perception never close. A mind-twisting, eye-tickling wonder, this anime from the Japanese director Satoshi Kon bears little relation to the greasy, sticky kid stuff that Hollywood churns out….” —Manohla Dargis, Critic’s Pick, New York Times 

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