The Japanese anime breaks a 20-year curse, and Makoto Shinkai is the hero who manages to reach the master Hayao Miyazaki at the Berlin Film Festival

The Japanese anime breaks a 20-year curse, and Makoto Shinkai is the hero who manages to reach the master Hayao Miyazaki at the Berlin Film Festival
The Japanese anime breaks a 20-year curse, and Makoto Shinkai is the hero who manages to reach the master Hayao Miyazaki at the Berlin Film Festival

An unprecedented milestone for Japanese anime was achieved 20 years ago. Spirited Awayby master Hayao Miyazaki, managed to compete in the Berlin Film Festival, one of the most important on the planet within the professional environment. Now, a new Japanese animated film manages to sneak into this contest to compete for the golden lion.

Far from the great films that usually win the Oscars, the Berlin Film Festival has a much more international aspect, also awarding works with less commercial success but a narrative and visual ambition that is totally different from Hollywood products. Well then, Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume will be in contest.

In 2002 a prize was failed ex aequo, which means that it was shared between two works. One of them was a British production called Bloody Sunday which was about the demonstration in Derry in 1972 that ended with British Army paratroopers opening fire. The other, Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki. The bar is very high for Shinkai.

One of the creators who has picked up the baton when it comes to narrating with Japanese animation is Makoto Shinkai. With long, precious shots of him, as well as delicate, emotional storylines, he’s managing to step up to the role the Studio Ghibli master had before his hiatus.

Suzume will use the Berlin Film Festival, which runs from February 16 to 26, to make her international premiere. The film has been a success in Japan and Crunchyroll will be in charge of distributing the film along with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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