Mamoru Hosoda’s Ôkami Kodomo No Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children) was named best animated feature film at the 45th Sitges — International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, while Fuga, by Juan Antonio Espigares of Spain, was honored as best animated short.
This was the Japanese director’s third award in the Anima’t Section at Sitges. Hosoda’s previous wins were in 2006 for Toki O Kakeru Shôjo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) and 2009 for Samâ Wôzu (Summer Wars).
Ôkami Kodomo No Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children) tells how when she was barely more than a teenager, Hana fell in love with a werewolf. It might seem strange, but for 13 years, they were extremely happy, and they had two children: Yuki and Ame, who were also born with the ability to transform into wolves. Following her husband’s sudden death, Hana decides to move to the country to be able to raise her children in a peaceful environment, where their extraordinary faculties won’t be discovered. However, as they grow up, Yuki and Ame must decide if they want to live as humans or as wolves.
Born in 1967, Hosada began to work for Toei Animation in 1991. Creator of the famous TV series Digimon, he collaborated with Takashi Murakami in 2003 on a piece for Louis Vuitton.
Without dialogue, Espigares’ 15-minute short Fuga plays with the polysemy of the word “fuga” (escape) to weave a complex and plastically innovative fantasy. It is an inflection point for “digital cinema” produced in Spain.
The festival’s Anima’t Section jury was made up of Eduard Terrades, Frédéric Ambroisine and Ricardo Reparaz.