Hausu (House) 1977 Ages 18+
23 & 27 April 2011
This autumn, the Australian Cinémathèque presents an exclusive screening of Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s cult classic Hausu (House) 1977, a treasure trove on unbridled weirdness fully restored and situated to welcome in a new generation of unsuspecting guests!
Sat 23 Apr 6.00pm & Wed 27 Apr 6.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 88 MINUTES, JAPAN, JAPANESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: NOBUHIKO ÔBAYASHI / PRODUCERS: YORIHIKO YAMADA, NOBUHIKO ÔBAYASHI / SCRIPT: CHIHO KATSURA / BASED ON A STORY BY CHIGUMI ÔBAYASHI / CINEMATOGRAPHY: YOSHITAKA SAKAMOTO / EDITOR: NOBUO OGAWA / MUSIC: ASEI KOBAYASHI, MIKKÎ YOSHINO / PRODUCTION COMPANY: P.S.C., TOHO COMPANY / PRINT: JANUS FILMS / RIGHTS: TOHO COMPANY / SCREENING FORMAT: HD CAM
‘Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s House is a hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home, only to come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to be merely comic, House seems like it was beamed to Earth from another planet. Or perhaps the mind of a child: the director fashioned the script after the eccentric musings of his eleven-year-old daughter, then employed all the tricks in his analog arsenal (mattes, animation, and collage) to make them a visually astonishing, raucous reality.’ Janus Films