Grave of the Fireflies / Persepolis12A

Day two of our AniMAYtion weekender will look at themes of war and conflict through the lens of two incredibly moving animated dramas, one looking at the human cost of the Second World War and the other being a girls-eye-view of the Islamic Revolution during the 1970s and 1980s.

Dir. Isao Takahata. Japan,1988. 1h 29m. Japanese/subs.
In the final months of World War Two, an orphaned brother and sister roam the streets of Kobe after their home is destroyed by an American air raid. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter where they rely on each other to stay together and stay alive. A heartbreaking meditation on the human cost of war that is revered as one of Studio Ghibli’s most profoundly beautiful and unforgettably haunting animations.

Dir. Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud. France/Iran, 2007. 1h 36m. French/subs.
In 1970s Iran, a smart and rebellious young girl experiences the turmoil of adolescence during the tyrannical Iranian Revolution. As the regime becomes increasingly repressive and members of her family begin to disappear, she flees to Europe in search of a new life. A stylish, politically charged, and staunchly feminist animation adapted from Marjane Satrapi’s award-winning autobiographical graphic novel. Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2008 Academy Awards.

One ticket grants you admission to both screenings. Tickets cost £20 with a ‘Pay Less’ option of £15 (for those whose budget can’t currently stretch to pay standard prices) and a ‘Pay More’ option of £25 (for those who can afford to pay a little more). There are no ads or trailers before each screening. Seating is unallocated. We have scheduled a 30min break between both films.

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We showed Grave of the Fireflies / Persepolis between May 28, 2023 and May 28, 2023.

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What else is on?

Today (Tuesday 3rd October)


Once Upon a Time in Uganda 15
1h 34m
Playful documentary looking at the world of “Wakaliwood”, Uganda's own DIY action movie industry, and the creative endeavours of bricklayer-turned-filmmaker, Isaac Nabwana.

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Past Lives 12A
1h 46m | Korean w/ English subtitles
Celine Song's critically-acclaimed and deeply romantic feature debut about two childhood friends from South Korea who reunite for one week in New York after two decades spent apart.

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Tomorrow (Wednesday 4th October)


Love Life 12A
2h 3m | Japanese & Korean w/ English subtitles
An intricately plotted domestic drama following a Japanese couple whose marriage is thrown into question following a sequence of fateful events. Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Kôji Fukada.

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!