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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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Wolf Children

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Mamoru Hosoda exhibits his mastery of understated drama and the subtleties of emotion in this beautifully animated film. Hana's decisions will leave you aching with sweet melancholia. In Japanese with English subtitles. Ages 8+

Schedule
June 1, 2013
Saturday
11:00 AM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 3, 2013
Monday
7:00 PM SIFF Cinema Egyptian Date has passed

Mamoru Hosoda exhibits his mastery of understated drama and the subtleties of emotion in this beautifully animated film. Hana's decisions while raising her part-wolf children won't leave you shocked, but they will leave you aching with sweet melancholia at her selfless decisions. Hosoda's meticulous animation is a lovely change from television anime, and he uses the medium to bring the supernatural elements of the story to life in a way that wouldn't be possible with a live-action film. Most importantly, however, is the extraordinary (and extraordinarily well written) character Hana, who navigates the burdens of motherhood with fragile grace. She sets a shining example of adoring and supporting her two very different children as their secrets set them each down very different paths. Wolf Children received the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, also from Hosoda, did in 2007.

Director Biography
Mamoru Hosada has a deft directorial style, having twice earned the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. He current work with Madhouse is a pleasant change from Toei Animation’s One Piece and Digimon franchises.

Sponsored in part by Pagliacci Pizza, KOMO4, Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, Delta Air Lines, The Safeway Foundation, The Japan Foundation Los Angeles

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Principal Cast: Voices of: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Huru Kuroki
Country: Japan
Year: 2012
Running Time: 117 minutes
Producer: Takuya Ito, Yuichiro Saito, Takashi Watanabe
Screenplay: Mamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera
Cinematographers: Shigeru Nishiyama
Editors: Shigeru Nishiyama
Music: Masakatsu Takagi
Website: http://www.wolfchildrenmovie.com/
Awards: Japan Academy Awards, 2013 (Best Animation); Mainichi Film Awards, 2013 (Animation Film Award); Oslo Films From the South Festival 2012 (Best Feature, Audience Award);Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival, 2012 (Best Animated Feature Film)
Filmography: Summer Wars (2009); The Girl Who Leapt Through time (2006); One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (2005); Superflat Monogram (2003)
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Yes
Format: 35mm
US Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
International Sales: Nippon Television Network Corp
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