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Miyazaki Hayao’s「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, Japan, 2013) has been screening in Japanese cinemas for nearly a month now. While a release in movie theatres overseas is probably still a good year away, there have recently been a string of announcements for festival premieres. So far, Venice, Toronto and Donostia (San Sebastián) are on the lucky ones, with the Toronto International Film Festival posting the first trailer with English subtitles yesterday:

The trailer is nearly identical to the Japanese one, except for a couple of added seconds at the end, where also a mysterious new face appears:

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Somehow this image has a very different feeling from the rest of the trailer – more unreal. Maybe the girl is from that dream-sequence that is said to occur in the film?

Confirmed festival screenings:

Funnily enough I half-seriously considered going to the San Sebastián Film Festival this year (I lived in lovely Donostia once and have always wanted to attend the event), but the dates clash with orientation week (=teaching obligations) at uni and the friend I was going to go with moved to London.

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The question is, where will Kaze Tachinu have its next international stop? I have to say I am quite encouraged by the list so far, and am increasingly optimistic that it might pop up at the London Film Festival in October after all. I mean, with a lot of major and critically important festivals picking up Kaze Tachinu, what excuse does the LIFF have unless it wants to be totally behind the times? Although it has not been the most J-animation friendly event in recent years, we did get Hosoda Mamoru’s「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」 (Ōkami No Kodomo Ame To Yuki/Wolf Children, Japan 2012) in 2012 and Shinkai Makoto’s「星を追う子ども」(Hoshi o Ou Kodomo/Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, Japan, 2011) in 2011. There is also no other J-animation that is likely to steal that spot from it. We do have the option of「言の葉の庭」(Kotonoha no Niwa, Japan, 2013), but at 40 minutes it’s not a full-length feature and Shinkai is of course much lower profile than Miyazaki Hayao.

Maybe we’ll be lucky and get both?

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