Wolf Children, Fuga Win Awards at Sitges Animation Fest

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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.

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