Fans of the work of Masamune Shirow and Mamoru Oshii will want to block out a day or two in August for a trip to the museum: Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art will be screening Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, subtitled, via a 35mm print courtesy of Production I.G
The screen is part of the museum's month-long program Future Imperfect: The Uncanny in Science Fiction. 70 science fiction films from 22 countries will be screened, all of which examing the concept of "humanity" in present and near-future settings. Guest lecturers over the course of the month will include John Sayles, Michael Almereyda, Larry Fessenden, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and many others. The event is being organized by Joshua Siegel, the curator of MoMA's Department of Film.
Screenings will take place August 18 at 7:30 pm and August 19 at 4 pm in Theater 2 of MoMA. Tickets go on sale August 4 for the first screening and August 5 for the second. Visit the website for more information.
Based on the Ghost in the Shell manga chapters "Robot Rondo" and "Phantom Fund," Innocence follows Section 9 operatives as they try to solve a series of deaths related to malfuctioning, seemingly sentient, gynoids.
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