Sono’s ‘Himizu’ a contender at Venice Film Festival

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Sion Sono’s “Himizu” and Takashi Shimizu’s “Rabbit Horror 3D” are two of the top Japanese films that will be showcased at the prestigious 68th Venice International Film Festival, which will run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10.

The animated films “663114” and “Modern” will also be screened at the festival.

“Himizu,” which is based on a manga of the same name by Minoru Furuya, will face stiff competition from 20 titles from across the globe for the prestigious Golden Lion award.

“Juon” director Shimizu’s “Rabbit Horror 3D” will have its premiere at Venice but will not be competing.

Many anime films will also be showcased under the “Orizzonti” category, which introduces new trends in cinema. This year, 55 feature films and shorts, including Isamu Hirabayashi’s “663114” and Mirai Mizue’s “Modern,” are up for awards.

Hirabayashi won a nomination with his short anime “Aramaki” at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009.

A commercial director, Hirabayashi has produced many visual works in addition to anime shorts. Anime creator Mizue has also taken home honors at film festivals and contests at home and abroad.

Shinya Tsukamoto’s “Kotoko” and “Cut,” which was directed by Iranian director Amir Naderi and produced in Japan, will also be showcased under the Orizzonti category, with the latter starring Hidetoshi Nishijima and Takako Tokiwa.

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