Howl For Venice

The new Miyazaki Hayao animated feature “Hauru no Ugoku Shiro” (Howl’s Moving Castle) is to be entered in competition at this year’s 61st Venice International Film Festival. The festival opens on September 1, and along with Cannes and Berlin is one of the major events of world cinema. Miyazaki’s latest is considered a prime contender for the Golden Lion award, the top prize at the festival, especially as he took the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival and the 2003 Best Animated Feature Film Oscar with “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” (Spirited Away). The film is based on a book of the same name by Diana Wynn Jones and is in the classic fairy tale style, with witches and wizards…and a moving castle. As is usual with Miyazaki’s films the central character is a young girl. The project was originally to be directed by Hosoda Mamoru but after he abruptly quit, Miyazaki took over the reins. The film is due for release in November.

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