The animated movie that depicts the life of sweet Suzu as she merrily pushes forward against adversity in war-torn cities of Hiroshima and Kure, “In This Corner of the World”, just broke the record of 2 million tickets sold in Cinemas as the Blu-Ray and DVD plans were announced. As the movie carries on both nationally and internationally, the film just participated in the 41st Annecy International Animated Film Festival took place in France and received the Jury Award for a Feature Film. During the Award and Closing Ceremony, Director Sunao Katabuchi and Producer Taro Maki commented the following lines.
● Comments from Director Katabuchi
“People told me that the movie would not be understood due to a lack of prior knowledge of the setting. But even though the film happens in a specific time and place in Japan, this Award helped me confirm my feeling that people’s hearts are connected around the world. I am incredibly happy to see that Suzu, the heroine of this movie, has already started living in everyone’s hearts.”
● Comments from Producer Maki
“Today is Saturday 17th of June, we arrived here on Monday the 12th and we’ve been waiting for this day having cheese every day. This movie has received multiple awards in Japan, Best Film, Best Director, Best Music, even Best Leading Actress. Thus receiving this Award in Annecy adds immensely to its International Awards, we are indeed honored. Thank you so much.”
◆ About the 41st Annecy International Animated Film Festival
Organized from June 12th to 17th 2017 in France (Annecy). It split from the Cannes International Film Festival in 1960, making it the first International Animated Film Festival in the world. In 1963 the Best Feature Film Award was given to Director Hayao Miyazaki’s “Porco Rosso”, then in 2007 Director Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Girl Who Lept Through Time” received the Special Award for a Feature Film. In 2015 Director Keiichi Hara’s “Miss Hokusai” received the Jury Award for a Feature Film along with other popular films in Japan that have been honored with these Awards.
Film Festival Report
“In This Corner of the World” was the first film to open in the Feature Film competition since June 12th. At 10:30 in the morning, 982 people filled up the Bonlieu Grande Salle and after the movie ended, a press conference was held and Director Katabuchi commented that it was a great challenged to recreate the cities of Hiroshima and Kure as they were more than 70 years ago. The following day, in another conference, he shared that he carried out heavily detailed research in both cities as part of the production.
On June 17th, the day of the Award Ceremony, two conferences were held and he pointed out the intricacies of the lives women had to live through and their culture during war time. There was an autograph session afterwards with a rather large queue. Then out of the 10 films competing from around the world, the movie received the Jury Award for a Feature Film.
After the Annecy Festival, the movie is still scheduled to open around the world. The United Kingdom and Spin open in June, while the United States opens in August and France in September 13th.
About “In This Corner Of the World” around the globe
The movie was released in Japan in November 12th 2016 and is still been shown in Japanese theaters after 220 days. Over 2 million people have seen in theaters. The movie has opened already outside of Japan and will be released in a total of 29 countries.