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 (Wednesday 21st February)

17:30

All of Us Strangers 12A
Deaf/HOH Subtitles
1h 45m
A screenwriter returns to his family home where a strange discovery leads him to reflect on life in Andrew Haigh's heartbreaking exploration of love and loss, starring Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal.

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Tomorrow (Thursday 22nd February)

12:30

All of Us Strangers 12A
Parent + Baby Screening
1h 45m
A screenwriter returns to his family home where a strange discovery leads him to reflect on life in Andrew Haigh's heartbreaking exploration of love and loss, starring Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal.

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15:15

The Color Purple 12A
Deaf/HOH Subtitles
2h 21m
Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson and Fantasia Barrino star in this musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel exploring love and resilience through a black woman's journey in early 20th-century America.

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18:15

Samsara U
1h 54m | Lao & Swahili w/ English subtitles
Experimental filmmaker Lois Patiño takes us on an immersive and sensory journey across continents via the cosmos in this meditative and groundbreaking exploration of Buddhist reincarnation.

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20:45

All of Us Strangers 12A
1h 45m
A screenwriter returns to his family home where a strange discovery leads him to reflect on life in Andrew Haigh's heartbreaking exploration of love and loss, starring Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal.

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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!