Makoto Shinkai’s anime film “Suzume” took part in the Berlin competition

Japanese anime director Makoto Shinkai’s animated feature film “Suzume” has been entered into the competition line-up at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, announced on Monday.

The film, titled in Japanese Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume’s Locking Up), is the first Japanese film to compete for the Golden Bear since 2021, when director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Guzen to Sozo (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy) received the second prize Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.

“Suzume” is also the first Japanese animated film in the competition in 21 years since director Hayao Miyazaki’s “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” (Spirited Away) won the Golden Bear in 2002.

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