Thursday, May 07, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues Trailer

I've been in neighborhood-newsletter editing hell and didn't have any left-over brains to work on the blog. But here's something for all you fellow scrambled-brains out there. The Sita Sings the Blues trailer from the animated feature by Nina Paley.

The film will have its San Francisco debut May 8 through 12 at the Red Vic Movie House (on Haight Street, ya'll!). The Red Vic has couches and serves delicious popcorn in big brown bowls, just like your mom used to make.

Summary from The Red Vic site:
Tragedy, comedy and musical collide in this gloriously animated film from Nina Paley, a onetime SF denizen and “One Woman Pixar” (Wired Magazine). Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moved to India, then dumped her by email. Three bickering shadow puppets act as comic narrators as these old and new stories are interwoven in a post-modern retelling of the ancient Indian epic Ramayana. Animated in a dazzling mix of traditional and collage animation styles and backed by a soundtrack from legendary 1920s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues follows in the tradition of Spirited Away, Waltz with Bashir, and Persepolis in expanding the artistic boundaries of animation - which does not stop it from being laugh-out loud funny. Sita is a subtly subversive and visually stunning, highly original work.

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