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Belladonna of Sadness (London - UK)

Tuesday
8
May
2018
Start Date: 08 May 2018
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Country: United Kingdom
Posted By: Joe

Categories: Screening Anime Culture Film

Where is it?

BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
South Bank

London
SE1 8XT
United Kingdom

Kanashimi no Beradonna

An explicit revenge drama, told in a unique anime style.

Japan 1973
Dir Eiichi Yamamoto
With the voices of Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama
87min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 18

Unseen for many years until its recent restoration, Belladonna of Sadness is an explicit revenge drama based on Jules Michelet's book Satanism and Witchcraft. A feudal lord in the middle-ages commits a terrible crime against a couple of newlyweds in a harrowing, sexually violent story. Although the film is troubling, it remains a true anime classic, combining vivid watercolours with western artistic influences such as Gustav Klimt.

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