NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
ADDS NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF
MONKEY KING: UPROAR IN HEAVEN
TO 2012 SLATE
THE FILM WILL SCREEN IN 3D ON SATURDAY MARCH 10 AND WEDNESDAY MARCH 21 AT WALTER READE THEATER
TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT GKIDS.COM
NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 7, 2012 -New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival has added the North American premiere of THE MONKEY KING: UPROAR IN HEAVEN to this year’s festival lineup. The film is a new frame-for-frame restoration and 3D rendering of the Wan Laiming masterpiece, a national treasure and China ‘s most celebrated and accomplished work of animation. The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
Composed of gorgeously flowing animation created by hand from over 130,000 ink drawings and an opulent soundtrack inspired by the Beijing Opera, the film follows the adventures of the magical Monkey King of Flower Fruit Mountain, a mischievous character who creates havoc by refusing to bow down to the authority of the Celestial Jade Emperor. After stealing a magic staff from the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea , the cheeky Monkey King challenges the established order of heaven, freeing horses from the imperial stables, disrupting imperial banquets, and entering into epic battle with one colorful god after another – while snubbing his nose at the pompous formality of the heavenly court. Based on the classic Chinese story Journey to the West, the original film was made at the height of that country’s golden period of animation and was released a mere months before the before the entire film industry was shut down by the Cultural Revolution. This is a truly stunning work of animation and mythological storytelling, far surpassing anything China has produced before or since.
The film will play Sat, Mar 10 at 11:00am and Weds, Mar 21 at 6:30pm at Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center . Tickets for all NYICFF events are now on sale at www.gkids.com. As in past years, all screenings are expected to sell out, so advance purchase is highly recommended.
Established in 1997, NYICFF is an Oscar®-qualifying event and North America ‘s largest film festival for children and teens. The 2011 edition attracted a sold-out-in-advance audience of 25,000 and generated 80 million media impressions. NYICFF 2012 takes place March 2-25, with 100+ films from around the world, plus gala premieres, retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, audience voting, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony. Festival sponsors include HSBC Premier, HBO, Parents Magazine, and Scholastic with funding support by National Endowment for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to the annual March festival, NYICFF presents year-round film programming both in New York and nationally.