Studio Ponoc's Anthology Modest Heroes Will Have Edinburgh Screening on June 27

posted on by Andrew Osmond
New animation by Mary and The Witch's Flower studio; venue is the Edinburgh Filmhouse

There will be a screening - second film down at the link - of Studio Ponoc's anthology film Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Film Theater, Volume 1 at the Edinburgh Film Festival on Thursday June 27 at 11 p.m. The venue is the Edinburgh Filmhouse, Tickets are already available to members of the Filmhouse and will become available to the public this Friday (May 31).

GKIDS has streamed an English-dubbed trailer.

The anthology consists of three shorts that Studio Ponoc describes the shorts as "tales of modest heroes of our times."

Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who directed the studio's previous Mary and The Witch's Flower film and Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There, directed the 15-minute fantasy adventure story "Kanini & Kanino" ("Kanini to Kanino") about two crab siblings. The short is Yonebayashi's first original story.

Yoshiyuki Momose directed "Life Ain't Gonna Lose" ("Samurai Egg"), a 15-minute "human drama" (based on a true story) showing the love between a mother and a boy. Momose previously worked closely with Ghibli director Isao Takahata in various roles on his films Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, including as animation director, storyboarder, visual design, and special scene design.

Akihiko Yamashita's "Invisible" ("Tōmei Ningen") is a 14-minute "action spectacle" that centers on the lonely struggle of one invisible man. Yamashita previously worked in various roles in Hayao Miyazaki's films in Ghibli, including as animator, animation director, character designer, animation supervisor, and assistant director in such films as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises.

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