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Tatsumi Wins Best Animated Film Award at Sitges

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Animated film based on Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life manga also nominated for APS Awards

The 44th annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain revealed on Saturday that Eric Khoo's animated film adaptation of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life autobiographical manga won the festival's Best Animated Film award.

The film was screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival in May. Singapore is submitting the film for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 84th annual Academy Awards. The film was also recently nominated for Best Animated Feature Film for this year's Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Winners will be announced for the APS Awards on November 24.

The manga is based on a semi-autobiographical account of Tatsumi's struggle to make a living after World War II. Tatsumi and others began challenging normal standards of manga drawing by pioneering a nontraditional gekiga style of storytelling and art design.

A Drifting Life originally shipped in Japan in November of 2008 as a two-volume series. The Canadian comic book publisher Drawn & Quarterly picked up the North American license and released the manga as a single, 840-page volume in 2009. The manga since won two Eisner awards in 2010. Tatsumi was also nominated to enter the Eisner Hall of Fame that year, but was not selected.

[Via Anime Anime Biz]

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