true to life
These films are based on a true story or set in a real time in history.
Not just for girls! These films feature empowering girls breaking the mold.
These films are based on book or graphic novel.
Returning filmmakers whose films have screened in previous Festivals
Closing Day Film: Ancien and the Magic Tablet
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE — This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can’t ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he’s always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family? Like all the best anime, the film revels in multilayered fantasy to show how sometimes opposites—waking and dreaming, the past and the future—are far more intertwined than they appear. In Japanese with English subtitles.
3/19 Q&A with Director Kenji Kamiyama after the screening.