‘A Letter to Momo’ to be screened in Spain, South Korea

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

After wowing the audience at its world premiere on Sept. 10 at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, director Hiroyuki Okiura’s anime feature “A Letter to Momo” is headed for its next deliveries in Spain and South Korea.

The “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade” director’s latest anime will compete at the 44th Sitges Film Festival, which will run from Oct. 6-16 in the Catalonian coastal town of Sitges. It will also make its Asian premiere at the 16th Busan International Film Festival, which will be held from Oct. 6-14 in Busan, South Korea.

The Sitges filmfest is one of world’s largest film festivals specializing in fantasy, sci-fi and horror movies. It is also making an effort to introduce animated films, presenting them in an official program called “Anima’t Shorts.”

However, “A Letter to Momo” is entered in the Official Fantastic Competition, vying for an award among other films regardless of their genre.

“Les contes de la nuit 3D,” an animated feature from French maestro Michel Ocelot, has also been entered in the main competition.

At the same time as Sitges, “A Letter to Momo” will be screened at the Busan festival as part of Animation Showcase of the Wide Angle program, which focuses on outstanding works of animation, documentaries and experimental films from across the world.

“A Letter to Momo” was written and directed by Okiura based on his own story idea. It was produced by anime studio Production I.G, which assembled a group of the nation’s leading anime creators for the project.

Set on a small island in the Seto Inland Sea, the anime tells a heartwarming tale of a family’s love.

In Japan, the anime will be released nationwide in time for the Golden Week spring holidays in 2012.

Visit (http://momo-letter.jp).

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