Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

A post-apocalyptic Japanese anime film from 1984, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Nausicaä is a famous and energetic princess from the Valley of the Wind. Her father, the king, has been poisoned by the forest's deadly air and is therefore bedridden. This has inspired Nausicaä to investigate the biology of the forest, which has given her great insight into the mysterious world of both insects and plants. Since childhood, Nausicaä has had an unusual talent for communicating with giant insects and "reading the wind" as she flies off on her semi-jet-powered glider. The film carries a pervading social and environmental undertone.The film is selected by this year’s guest curator, architect and filmmaker, Liam Young.

Prior to the screening, architect MAA and partner at Vandkunsten, Søren Nielsen, will contextualize the film in relation to the climate footprint of urban development projects.

Hayao Miyazaki, 1984 / Japanese w. Danish text / 117 min.


Liam Young - "The Man Who Designs Our Future"

Every year, the festival invites a selected guest to organize a film program of particular importance to the person's life and practice. This year, the baton has gone to architect and film director Liam Young, who works at the intersection of design, fiction and the future. He is co-founder of 'Tomorrow's Thoughts Today', an urban future think tank that examines the local and global implications of new technologies and the yet unknown.

The BBC has described Liam Young as "the man who designs our future", and his visionary film and speculative worlds are both extraordinary images of tomorrow's conditions and urgent studies of the vast climate and environmental issues we face today. His work has resulted in the film Planet City, which Liam Young will show and present at this year's festival. His work is represented in collections at MoMA, the Met, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and he has held visiting professorships at Princeton University, MIT and Cambridge, and other institutions.

Besides his own film 'Planet City' we also show the films 'Baraka', 'Nausicaä' and 'Arrival' - all selected by Liam Young. Former guest curators at the festival include the likes of Bjarke Ingels x Martin de Thurah, Dorte Mandrup, Tatiana Bilbao, Niels Bjorn, Dan Stubbergaard x Henrik Vibskov, Anupama Kundoo.

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