The Girl Who Leapt Through Time at the SF Int'l Asian American Film Festival

Feb 19th 2007
25TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL
ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

MARCH 15-25, 2007 IN BAY AREA THEATRES
THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME” TO SCREEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO—Mamoru Hosoda's award-winning anime feature THE GIRL WHO
LEAPT THROUGH TIME will be screened at the 25th San Francisco
International Asian American Film Festival, organizers announced at a
press conference on February 13, 2007. The film will screen on
Saturday, March 17, 2007, 1:00pm at Castro Theatre in San Francisco,
and again on Thursday, March 22, 2007, 7:30pm at the Pacific Film
Archive Theater in Berkeley. Castro Theatre is located at 429 Castro
Street, San Francisco. Pacific Film Archive Theater is located at 2575
Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (Japanese title: Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo)
is the first animated adaptation of a 1965 young adult novel by
Yasutaka Tsutsui that had been an instant sensation in Japan, spawning
countless films and TV programs over the ensuing decades. Director
Mamoru Hosoda updates the tale to present-day Tokyo, all while
remaining true to the same enchanting story of a girl who learns to
time-travel.

Makoto (the niece of the original heroine) is a vivacious—if
klutzy—17-year old tomboy who spends her days playing catch after
school with her guy pals Kosuke and Chiaki. Her carefree summer days
are literally thrown for a loop when she discovers a mysterious ability
to leap back through time. Her trivial temporal maneuvers—undoing
little blunders or finding out exam questions in advance—soon lead to
complicated wrinkles that have an inevitable impact on those around
her. And when Chiaki confesses his love for her one day, she not only
finds their delicate friendship triangle crumbling, but also that there
are some things time can never change—or prevent.

The film, a Kadokawa Herald release of a Mad House studio production,
teams director Hosoda with a stellar creative team including art
director Nizou Yamamoto (PRINCESS MONONOKE) and character designer
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). The film has won Best
Animated Film at Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia and at
the Japan Academy Awards, among other accolades.


About the SFIAAFF
The Center for Asian America Media presents the San Francisco
International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) every March. The
SFIAAFF is the nation's largest showcase for new Asian American and
Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San
Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. Since 1982, the SFIAAFF has been an
important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as
well as a vital source for new Asian cinema. For more information,
including ticket details and other films, visit
www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org

The SFIAAFF gratefully acknowledges its sponsors
The 25th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival,
presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), is supported
in part by the AMC Theatres, Asian Art Museum, Budweiser Select – the
Official Beer of the Festival, Cathay Pacific - the Official Airline of
the Festival, Comcast, Consulate General of Canada, Disney Channel,
Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Foundation, HSBC, Jaman,
Joie de Vivre, Korean Film Council (KOFIC), Macy's, National Endowment
for the Arts, Noon, Oscar Printing, San Francisco Tobacco Free Project,
University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim/Asia Pacific
Studies Program, and Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation. CAAM is
supported with major funding from the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting.

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