It was announced today that Makoto Shinkai’s highly-anticipated upcoming film, Suzume, will screen at the 73rd annual Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival. This is the first time in 20 years that an anime will be in competition at the festival.
The screening at Berlinale, which runs from February 16-26, 2023, will serve as the international premiere for the film. Shinkai is scheduled to attend the screening, along with act actor Nanoka Hara and producer Genki Kawamura.
Suzume is slated to hit theaters across the world in April of this year, distributed by Crunchyroll, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International and Eurozoom (excluding Asia). Since its Japan debut on November 11, it has earned 12.8 billion yen (approximately 99 million USD).
“At its core, ‘Suzume’ is based on the massive disaster that occurred in Japan twelve years ago,” said Shinkai. “I’m eager to see how this film translates to international audiences: what makes sense, what doesn’t, and what common ground we have across cultures. The film’s imminent international release will hopefully give me the answer to those questions. And, I cannot thank our team members enough for their unprecedented talent and perseverance throughout the film’s production. On behalf of the entire team, I would also like to give thanks to all the fans who have cheered us on, making ‘Suzume’ possible.”
“As someone who has never been outside my home country, it’s a dream-come-true to attend the Berlin International Film Festival with the ‘Suzume’ team,” said Hara. “Time and time again, I’ve been so happy to be a part of this film. I’m looking forward to seeing the international audiences’ reactions at the festival and hope the entire world falls in love with the movie!”
Suzume is the story about a young girl traveling through various ruins across Japan while closing doors causing disaster.
Author: Jamie Sugah
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