Howl's Moving Castle at Venice Film Festival

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Six-minute Standing Ovation

As previously reported, Hayao Miyazaki's latest movie, Howl's Moving Castle, premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday. The movie is in competition for the festival's top prize, Golden Lion, but the festival runs for another week and the winner won't be announced until Saturday. Nonetheless, all the press reports that we've seen have been overwhelmingly positive.

The standing ovation after the screening is reported by Yahoo Japan to have lasted for over six minutes.

Miyazaki was not able to make it to the festival for health reasons, but Toshio Suzuki was present. After the screening and the ovation he told the 1,000 audience members, "I am deeply moved that so many people in the world have shown such a special interest in Miyazaki's film."

To prevent any theft of the movie, even during the press screening on Saturday, festival security searched bags and purses for cameras and other recording devices.

Final Fantasy: Advent Children also screened at the Venice Film Festival, as part of the out-of-competition special digital presentation.

Steamboy will be screened as the festival's closing movie.

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