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.

3.45pm GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
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.

5.45pm PERSEPOLIS
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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Today (Saturday 18th May)

15:00

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry 15
1h 50m | Georgian w/ English subtitles
In a Georgian village, a middle-aged woman vows never to marry, causing intrigue amongst the locals. But when she unexpectedly begins to fall in love, she must choose between her life of independence and romance.

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17:30

Kidnapped 12A
2h 14m | Italian w/ English subtitles
In 19th-century Italy, the Catholic Church kidnaps a young Jewish boy claiming that he was secretly baptised at birth. A gripping drama told with operatic intensity and visual grandeur by Palme d’Or winner Marco Bellocchio.

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20:30

Challengers 15
2h 11m
A tough tennis coach (Zendaya) arranges a ‘challenger’ match between her husband, a former champion on a losing streak, and her ex-lover (Josh O’Connor) in this steamy romance directed by Luca Guadagnino.

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Tomorrow (Sunday 19th May)

14:45

Big Night 15
1h 49m
Stanley Tucci stars and directs this heartwarming and insightful comedy about two Italian brothers living in 1950s New Jersey hosting a spectacular banquet in a final effort to save their failing business.

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17:15

Challengers 15
2h 11m
A tough tennis coach (Zendaya) arranges a ‘challenger’ match between her husband, a former champion on a losing streak, and her ex-lover (Josh O’Connor) in this steamy romance directed by Luca Guadagnino.

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20:00

Kidnapped 12A
2h 14m | Italian w/ English subtitles
In 19th-century Italy, the Catholic Church kidnaps a young Jewish boy claiming that he was secretly baptised at birth. A gripping drama told with operatic intensity and visual grandeur by Palme d’Or winner Marco Bellocchio.

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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!