Thursday, April 28, 2022

2021 Japanese animated film Pompo: The Cinéphile (映画大好きポンポさん) remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 4.


The 2021 Japanese animated film Pompo: The Cinéphile (映画大好きポンポさん), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 27, will remain here through (at least) May 4. A synopsis, from the distributor:
Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for B-movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script: a delicate drama about a tormented artistic genius, starring the legendary and Brando-esque actor Martin Braddock, and a young actress seeking her first break. But when the production heads towards chaos, can Gene rise to Pompo’s challenge, and succeed as a first-time director?

Directed by veteran animator Takayuki Hirao and produced by brand-new animation studio CLAP, Pompo the Cinephile is a rollicking, exuberant ode to the power of the movies, and the joys and heartbreak of the creative process, as a new director and his team devote their lives to the pursuit of a “masterpiece.”
After the initial screenings on the 27th and 28th, it will play through (at least) May 4 at AMC Loews Waterfront, and tickets are available online.