News Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill Screening at London Terracotta Film Festival
London's Terracotta Far East Film Festival lists Kokuriko-Zaka Kara (From Up On Poppy Hill), the latest anime film from Studio Ghibli, among the screenings. Although the date and time of the screening is not available yet, the festival will run from April 12 to 15 at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square.
Goro Miyazaki (the son of studio founder Hayao Miyazaki) adapted the shōjo manga Kokuriko-Zaka Kara by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama. The period slice-of-life story is set in 1963 Yokohoma, and follows a teen girl and boy who become friends while campaigning to save their school clubhouse. Later, the pair realise some troubling facts about their past.
The festival's line-up also includes the live-action film of Minoru Furuya's manga Himizu, directed by Sion Sono (Suicide Circle, Strange Circus). The film is a dark drama about an abused boy and a girl who is obsessed with him. The two actors, Shōta Sometani and Fumi Nikaido, received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor and Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. Himizu is scheduled to close the Terracotta festival on Sunday April 15, screening at 6 p.m.
Image © 2011 Chizuru Takahashi, Tetsurō Sayama, GNDHDDT