On January 23, Jiji Press announced that Makato Shinkai’s anime film Suzume no Tojimari had been nominated at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival. The film is the first Japanese film to compete for the Golden Bear award since 2021 when director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Guzen to Sozo” won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.
Additionally, Suzume is the first animated film to compete for the award in over 21 years since director Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Golden Bear award in 2002.
The winners will be announced on February 26, the last day of the Berlinale.
Shinkai, actor Nanoka Hara, and producer Genki Kawamura will attend the festival.
The plot of Suzume revolves around a young high-school girl who embarks on a journey to stop a series of mysterious supernatural disasters which started occurring after she opened a solitary, mystical door in the middle of the mountains.
The film was released in Japan on November 11 and has since become the #25 highest-grossing film of all time in Japan and the #10 highest-grossing anime film of all time in Japan. The film has earned 12,488,430,190 yen as of the second week of January.
About Suzume no Tojimari
Suzume no Tojimari is an anime film by Makoto Shinkai. It premiered on November 11, 2022. A novel adaptation was released in August 2022, also written by Shinkai.
The film focuses on Suzume, a 17-year-old girl who meets a young man looking for a door. Suzume finds a strange door among the ruins and opens it, but due to it many doors start opening around Japan, causing disasters. Now, Suzume has to close all of them to save Japan.
Sources: Press Release