News L.A. EigaFest Also Showing Giovanni's Island Anime Film
posted on 2014-08-21 20:00 EDT
Production I.G's Annecy-winning hand-animated Giovanni's Island film tells the story of two brothers living on the island of Shikotan. Their family and the people of the island hear of Japan's loss in the war and are told not to worry. However, their island gets caught in the middle of the continuing conflict in the west and is invaded by Russian soldiers. The boys meet a western girl on the island named Tanya and the older of the brothers, despite their language barriers, cultural differences, and warnings from friends, starts to fall in love with her. The boys' father gets lured out by the army is and is captured and taken to Siberia. The brothers embark on a journey to see their father again.
Giovanni's Island received the Satoshi Kon Prize for Excellence in Animation and tied for the Audience Award at the 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal earlier this month.
EigaFest will host the international premiere of the live-action Lupin III and Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno films. Lupin III will open the festival with director Ryuhei Kitamura, actress Meisa Kuroki (Fujiko Mine), and producer Mataichiro Yamamoto in attendance. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno will close the festival.