In This Corner of the World wins big at Annecy International

A couple months ago we told you that In this Corner of the World, the critically acclaimed animated film from Sunao Katabuchi (Black Lagoon), was heading to the 41st Annecy International Animation Film Festival. We can now tell you that the film has won has been awarded the swept the board to win several accolades as well as the coveted and highly sought after Feature Film Jury Prize. 

As the first in-competition feature to be shown at the festival, the film screened to an audience of over 980 ticket-holders at the sold-out Bonlieu Grande Salle.

Up against nine other feature films from around the world, In This Corner of the World was presented with the Jury Award on Saturday 17th June.

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People said that to understand this film outside of Japan would require previous knowledge. Even though this film depicts a time period and places specific to Japan, after receiving this award I truly feel that peoples’ minds can be connected,” said director Sunao Katabuchi. “It is a pleasure to see that the protagonist Suzu and other characters have already found a place in everyone’s hearts.”

I am writing this on Saturday (17 June). Ever since arriving in Annecy on Monday, I’ve been eating cheese and looking forward to today. This film has won many awards in Japan; from the Best Movie, the Best Director, the Best Music, to the Best Actress Award,” said producer Taro Maki. “This award at Annecy is a tremendously prestigious international award to be added to the list. It is a great honour. Thank you very much.

I am overjoyed to see In This Corner of the World win the Jury Prize at the 41st Annecy Festival. It means a lot to everyone who was involved in the production and who has worked so tirelessly to deliver its message of peace around the world.” said Manga Entertainment COO Jerome Mazandarani.

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The film follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.

In the style and art direction so typically observed in Japanese animation In This Corner of the World is bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation and is an empowering coming-of-age tale that captures the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.

Manga Entertainment are delighted to bring In This Corner of the World to the UK & Ireland this summer. Previewing in cinemas 28 June. For tickets, visit www.inthiscornerfilm.co.uk.

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Written by: Chris Starks

Chris Starks is a professional screenwriter of nearly two decades and Editor-in-Chief for MachinimaSBOC. As a keen comic collector, film and TV fanatic, enthusiastic about theatre and a proud Spartan you can find him at most London-based conventions hovering around various stalls hunting down bargains and having a larf.

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