Production I.G's Giovanni's Island Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed
Australian distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Production I.G's Giovanni's Island movie on Monday. The trailer previews the film's story.
GKIDS licensed the movie for North America, and handled the theatrical premiere of the movie's English dub at the NYICFF last February. The film screened in the Portland International Film Festival on February 2, and will be shown again on February 10. Anime Limited is distributing the film for the United Kingdom, and released it for home video on DVD and Blu-ray on January 12.
Production I.G's Annecy-winning hand-animated Giovanni's Island film tells the story of two brothers living on the island of Shikotan. Their family and the people of the island hear of Japan's loss in the war and are told not to worry. However, their island gets caught in the middle of the continuing conflict in the west and is invaded by Russian soldiers. The boys meet a western girl on the island named Tanya and the older of the brothers, despite their language barriers, cultural differences, and warnings from friends, starts to fall in love with her. The boys' father gets lured out by the army is and is captured and taken to Siberia. The brothers embark on a journey to see their father again.
Giovanni's Island received the Satoshi Kon Prize for Excellence in Animation and tied for the Audience Award at the 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal in September. The film also won the Jury Special Mention at the Nueva Mirada Film Festival in Buenos Aires.