Artist Takashi Murakami is best known for his eye-popping characters like Mr. Pointy, KaiKai and Kiki—who were in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade—or provocative sculptures. Now he's adding filmmaking to his repertoire, and he'll discussing his new film, Jellyfish Eyes, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on June 1.
According to the Film Society, "In Jellyfish Eyes, Murakami transforms the classic cinematic trope of the new kid on the block into a genre-defying adventure. Having recently lost his father, young Masashi moves with his mother to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But when he discovers that their new apartment is already inhabited by a pint-sized, gravity-defying creature, Masashi begins to pull back the curtain on this sleepy town and finds that very little is what it appears to be. As a connoisseur of Japanese popular culture, from children’s manga and anime to classic monster movies, Murakami packs his film with a delirious abundance of ideas and imagery. What other coming-of-age fantasy has romance, battling CGI avatars, nuclear intrigue, rival doppelgängers, and a giant monster?" Seriously—check out the trailer:
The film screens at 4 p.m., with a Q&A with Murakami. Then, at 6:30 p.m., he'll be giving a free talk about his different kinds of work and will be showing some of his art.
Tickets for the film are $13 for general public, $9 for Students/Seniors; and $8 for Film Society members while the free tickets for the talk are offered on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the conversation (limit of one per person).