Okiura’s ‘A Letter to Momo’ to premiere at Toronto film fest

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

Director Hiroyuki Okiura’s anime feature “A Letter to Momo” will premiere at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that will run from Sept. 8 to 18, festival officials announced.

The movie, to be released in Japan during the 2012 Golden Week spring holidays, will be featured in the TIFF’s family entertainment-oriented Kids program along with three other films, officials said.

The TIFF is known more for introducing outstanding films than for giving accolades. The is no jury to hand out awards. Just being showcased at the festival itself is considered meaningful enough.

Because of the festival’s non-competitive nature, the TIFF is not that well known in Japan. But for its scale and profile in the film industry, the TIFF is regarded as one of the most prestigious film events in the world, on a par with the Cannes and Berlin film festivals.

As the largest film festival in North America, the TIFF also serves as a showcase for the latest releases.

Okiura, the director, won worldwide acclaim for his “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.” Okiura also wrote the original story line and screenplay.

The anime is produced by anime studio Production I.G, which is known for “Ghost in the Shell” and many other acclaimed feature anime films.

The anime revolves around a girl named Momo, who is perplexed by an unfinished letter penned by her recently deceased father. She experiences strange happenings on a small island in the Seto Inland Sea, where she moved to with her mother. The anime tells a story of family love against the backdrop of rich natural surroundings.

Visit (http://momo-letter.jp/) and (http://www.productionig.com/contents/works_sp/86_/index.html).

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