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White Snake

China | 2018 | 99 minutes | Amp Wong, Zhao Ji

January 25th, 2020

SIFF Cinema Uptown 


Conceived as a prequel to one of the most ancient and enduring stories in Chinese history, White Snake presents a sumptuous tale of trickster demons, deadly mythical beasts, assassins, wuxia action, and the promise of eternal love.

In Mandarin with English Subtitles

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Germany | 1926 | 72 minutes | Lotte Reiniger

February 29, 2020

SIFF Cinema Uptown

When Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed premiered in Germany on September 23, 1926, it was hailed as the first full-length animated film. More than seventy-five years later, this enchanting film still stands as one of the great classics of animation, featuring a unique form of stop-motion paper cut-out puppet animation.

Silent with German Intertitles

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Pom Poko

Japan | 1994 | 119 minutes | Isao Takahata


SIFF Cinema Uptown

In Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata’s 1994 anime classic, the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard raccoon form to practically any object. They will stop at nothing to bring their community to justice, fighting back against tyrannical humans who are destroying their environment, all while being enormous goofballs.

In Japanese with English Subtitles

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Tales of the Night

France | 2011 | 84 minutes | Michel Ocelot


SIFF Cinema Uptown

From renowned animator and storyteller Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur & Asmar) comes a dazzling and magical new film that is certain to delight children, families, and animation fans of all ages. Clearly drawing inspiration from the paper cut-out film previously shown in the series, Tales of Prince Achmed, this film takes a line of flight to reinvent fairy tales from around the world.

In French with English Subtitles