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Scotland Loves Anime 2012: Animation Looks East

October 3, 2012

Following a very successful run in 2011, animation festival Scotland Loves Anime returns to Glasgow and Edinburgh in October for a third year, with even more international and UK premieres than before. Though the festival’s film selection is centred around Japanese animation and culture specifically, its charity organisers Scotland Loves Animation seek to promote animation of all origins as art. As such, the festival plays host to interview sessions with people involved with films in the line-up, as well as an education day for students of animation at Edinburgh College of Art (19 Oct), with input from industry professionals.

Coming from Studio Ghibli, From Up on Poppy Hill (17 Oct, Edinburgh Filmhouse) is perhaps the festival’s most high-profile title. Directed by Gorō Miyazaki, son of Hayao, it’s a low-key coming-of-age tale set in 1960s Japan. Elsewhere in the line-up is a director whose work has received favourable comparisons to Ghibli’s best. Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was a breakthrough anime hit a few years back, and his latest film, Wolf Children (21 Oct, Filmhouse), is a tender, deeply moving gem that has received raves internationally. College student Hana falls in love with a man, later discovering he is also a wolf-man. Circumstances lead to her having to bring up their two children alone, unaware of how to raise human kids prone to turning into wolves. Spanning over a decade, Hosoda takes a potentially dubious, fantastical premise and paints a beautiful portrait of parent-child relations, adolescence, and finding one’s own way in the world…

Full article and interview at The Skinny’s website
Also available in The Skinny’s October 2012 print edition.

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