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Inside the brain

"Paprika" by Satoshi Kon

Screening and talk by Alex Iranzo


Free with pre-booking

Session four of the "Inside the Brain" film cycle reflects on dreams, with the screening of Paprika by Satoshi Kon, followed by a talk by Alex Iranzo.

Psychiatrist Atsuko Chiba forms part of a team of researchers who've created a device through which they can enter the dreams of their patients. When one of these devices is stolen, someone begins to use it to destroy the minds of its creators. Dr. Chiba's alter ego, Paprika, has to enter her colleagues' dreams to find out who's behind this theft.

Paprika, Satoshi Kon, 2006, Japan, 90', Subtitled in Catalan

The film is an anime adaptation of the novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui. This is the last of the few - but brilliant - films made by Satoshi Kon during his lifetime. Despite his scant filmography, the director is seen as a great in the history of animation because of the originality and radical nature of his work.

In the case of Paprika, both the plot, which connects the world of dreams and the world of cinema, and the extravagant visual treatment demonstrate the singularity of Kon's work. His films have not gone unnoticed in Hollywood, with famous directors being greatly influenced by some of his works when creating new stories. This is the case of Inception (2010), the well-known film by Christopher Nolan which, as he himself has stated, was directly influenced by Paprika, both formally and thematically.

After the screening there will be a talk, open to the public, by Alex Iranzo (neurologist at the Multidisciplinary Unit of Sleep Disorders of the Hospital Cliníc Neurosciences Institute).

Participants: Alex Iranzo

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