Wolf Children

Director(s): Mamoru Hosoda
Country: Japan
Language: Dubbed in English
Animation | 2012 | 117 min
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: Appropriate for all ages.)

Fans of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, it’s time to expand your horizons! This beautiful, modern-day fairy tale is the latest animated feature from Mamoru Hosoda (“Summer Wars,” screened at PCFF 2011; “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”). “Wolf Children” is an exquisite fantasy about a single mom, Hana, who had the misfortune of falling in love with a wolf man. He was kind and considerate, but given to roaming the streets at night on four legs—which is how he comes to a tragic end. Alone, Hana learns to care for kids who have the plucky charm of young humans, but the unpredictability and appetite of growing puppies. With its gorgeous animation and sensitive, multifaceted direction, this is a funny, exhilarating and touching film about nature, nurture, and the call of the wild. It’s ideal family viewing—and equally suited to wolf packs.

Official Website: http://wolfchildrenmovie.com/
Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2013, Best Feature Debut; Awards of the Japanese Academy 2013, Best Animation Film; Italian Online Movie Awards 2014, Best Animated Feature Film; Mainichi Film Concours (Japan) 2012, Best Animation Film; New York International Children's Film Festival 2013, Audience Award Feature; Oslo Films from the South Festival 2012, Audience Award, Best Feature; Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival 2012, Best Animated Feature Film; Tokyo Anime Award 2013, Animation of the Year, Best Art Direction, Best Character Design, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Notable Entry

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