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Canada's Waterloo Shows Makoto Shinkai's Hoshi o Ou Kodomo

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Latest work from 5 cm/sec director to screen at November 17-20 event

The 2011 Waterloo Festival of Animated Cinema announced on Thursday that it will screen Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo). The festival will run from November 17 to November 20 in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. The film will screen at 1:00 p.m. on November 20.

The film centers on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey of adventure to find a mysterious boy she just met, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss.

The film is the latest work by Shinkai, the creator of Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters Per Second. The new film opened in Japan on May 7.

Takayo Nishimura (5 Centimeters Per Second, Before Green Gables) designed the characters and oversaw the animation process. Takumi Tanji (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) directed the art, and musical composer Tenmon (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Voices of a Distant Star) collaborated with Shinkai again on this project. The film held its North American premiere at Otakon in July.

The festival is also screening Recollections of a Certain Pilot (To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku), the latest anime film from the Studio Madhouse. The festival is also screening the Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos film on November 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Update: Screen times for Hoshi o Ou Kodomo, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos added. Thanks, jsieczkar.

Image © Makoto Shinkai/CMMMY

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