Dubai Film Festival to Screen Oshii's The Sky Crawlers

posted on by Egan Loo

Mamoru Oshii's The Sky Crawlers will be the only anime film featured at the 5th annual Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) when it screens in the United Arab Emirates' main city on December 17 at 20:00. For his first anime film since 2004's Ghost in the Shell sequel Innocence, Oshii adapted Hiroshi Mori's popular war romance novel series.

The film has been submitted for one of the three possible nomination slots in the Best Animated Feature category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscars awards. The film held its Los Angeles and New York premieres this past week, but it received its world premiere at the 65th Venice Film Festival three months earlier. It was nominated for the Golden Lion and eventually won a Future Film Festival Digital Award at Venice. It also won the Jose Luis Guarner Critic Award and the Carnet Jove Jury's award for the best motion picture for a youth audience at the Sitges film festival in October. Its score by Kenji Kawai won an additional Sitges award for best original soundtrack.

Thank you to Jalal Siah for the news tip.

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