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Hawaii, Warsaw Int'l Film Fests to Show A Letter to Momo

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
okiura's drama also screens in Spain, Scotland, Korea

Production I.G's upcoming drama film A Letter to Momo will screen at October film festivals in Hawaii and Warsaw, Poland.

The Hawaii International Film Festival will screen the film on October 16 at 11:30 a.m. and October 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Japanese with English subtitles. A Letter to Momo is nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award in the "Narrative Feature" category at the festival. The Pacific Rim festival will also show the anime movie Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.

The Warsaw Film Festival will screen A Letter to Momo on October 7 at 9:30 p.m., October 8 at 11:30 a.m., and October 10 at 4:15 p.m. The festival will also show several live-action Japanese films.

The Toronto International Film Festival hosted A Letter to Momo's world premiere earlier this month. The Scotland Loves Anime festival will show the film in GLASGOW and Edinburgh in October. Spain's Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia and South Korea's Busan International Film Festival with also screen A Letter to Momo next month.

The anime film open in Japan during the Golden Week Holiday. The Hawaii International Film Festival describes the film planned and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura as follows:

Meet 13-year-old Momo, a shy, imaginative girl struggling with some major life changes. After the sudden death of her father, Momo must leave the big city for her mother's childhood home, a remote island village. Still coming to terms with the loss of her father, Momo is not happy with her new surroundings. But as she muddles over her dad's last cryptic two-word note, ‘dear Momo…’ she finds that her new house seems to have gained an otherworldly presence. These strange new residents quickly turn Momo's life upside down, and may possibly change her life forever…

okiura spent years planning, writing, storyboarding, and directing the film, and it will be his first film as a director since the 2000 anime Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade. Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) is overseeing the animation process. The film's animators include Toshiyuki Inoue (Akira), Ei Inoue (The Cat Returns), Takeshi Honda (Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance), Tetsuya Nishio (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence), and Hiroyuki Aoyama (Summer Wars). Hiroshi Ohno (Kiki's Delivery Service) is serving as the art director.

The November issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Asuka magazine began serializing a manga adaptation of A Letter to Momo drawn by Akiko Kitami.

Source: Anime Anime Japan

Image © 2012 Momo e no Tegami Production Committee

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