Wolf Children Wins Best Animated Film Award at Sitges
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The 45th annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain announced on October 13 that Mamoru Hosoda's The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki) film won the festival's Best Animated Feature Film award.
The film's story covers 13 years and begins with a 19-year-old college student named Hana who encounters and falls in "fairy tale-like" love with a "wolf man." After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two wolf children — an older sister named Yuki ("snow") who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame ("rain") who was born on a rainy day. When the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city. The film has also been nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film award at this year's Asian Pacific Screen Awards in Australia.
Funimation will release the film theatrically and on home video in North America next year.
Last year, Eric Khoo's animated film adaptation of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life autobiographical manga won the award.