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Persistence of Vision: Animated Masterworks

The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows

Sponsored by:
Flippers
Persistence of Vision: Animated Masterworks is the Roxy's monthly celebration of classic and contemporary animation masterpieces, made by legendary artists for an adult audience.

The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows returns with a new edition comprised of 10 films–nine recent, along with one restored classic–which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises. All are inventive, their tone ranges from the whimsical to the profound; their techniques, from stop-motion to hand-drawn to computer-aided.

“Animation is a natural medium for dealing with abstract ideas and deeply felt concerns, and the Animation Show of Shows has always strived to scour the world for the most affecting and engaging films,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “While the recent films were conceived and some finished, before the Covid lockdowns, all but the most abstract display a concern with the ways in which we are all interconnected…or sadly alienated from our sense of human connection.”

This general issue appears in many forms and styles: While Beyond Noh cleverly shows the prevalence of masks through all cultures, and Rain humorously explores the dangers of groupthink, Ties takes the notion of connectedness from the metaphorical to the actual. The nine new films come from Europe, Asia, and North America. The program culminates with a striking restored 4K digital remaster by the Academy Film Archive of Frederic Back’s classic 1987 Oscar-winner, The Man Who Planted Trees.

Sponsored by Flippers!
Duration: 90 min
Released: 2022
Country: U.S./France/Germany/Poland/Switzerland, Iceland/Russia/Canada

Persistence of Vision: Animated Masterworks

The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows

The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows