In this Corner of the World (2016), Sunao Katabuchi   この世界の片隅に

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The Director Sunao Katabuchi and the voice actress of Suzu, the hero of in this corner of the world.

The Director Sunao Katabuchi and the voice actress of Suzu, the hero of in this corner of the world.

Suzu uses her creativity to feed her family in the time of war

Suzu uses her creativity to feed her family in the time of war

The Port of Kure today, seen from Mount. Yasumi

The Port of Kure today, seen from Mount. Yasumi

The Cover of the manga "In this corner of the world" by fumiyo kono

The Cover of the manga "In this corner of the world" by Fumiyo Kono

Young Suzu in her home city close to Hiroshima

Young Suzu in her home city close to Hiroshima

Suzu and Harumi observe the boats in the Kure Bay

Suzu and Harumi observe the boats in the Kure Bay

French Cover of "In this corner of the world" (2016) by Sunao Katabuchi

French Cover of "In this corner of the world" (2016) by Sunao Katabuchi

A history of wartime like no other

In this Corner of the World tells the story of Suzu, and her life before and after the catastrophe of Hiroshima in 1945.

Released on October 28th 2016 in Japan, In this Corner of the World by Sunao Katabuchi tells the story of Suzu, a young woman from Hiroshima during the war.

SYNOPSIS

In 1944, when she was 18, the young Suzu left her village near Hiroshima to marry and live with her family in Kure. The city of Kure was at the time a strategic point for the Japanese navy. The largest battleship in the world, the Yamato, was moored in its harbor. Suzu's creativity to overcome the hardships due to the war effort quickly made her indispensable to her new home. Both dreamy and strong, Suzu never allows herself to be defeated by the difficulties of daily life in wartime, the loss of relatives, and the frequent American air strikes. But in 1945, the devastating bombings of the city of Kure, and then the tragedy of Hiroshima, put the perseverance and courage of this young woman to the test.

Release date in Europe: September 13, 2017

Duration: 128 min

TWO ARTISTS, ONE PROJECT

In this Corner of the World is adapted from the eponymous manga written by Fumiyo Kono (Kono sekai no katasumi ni, in Japanese). In this Corner of the World has been a great success since its pre-publication, and won the 2nd prize of the 13th Festival of Arts and Media (Bunkacho media geijitsusai) in the manga category in 2010. 

It was the producer Masao Maruyama who, learning that Sunao Katabuchi wanted to make an adaptation of this manga, who directly contacted the author, Fumiyo Kono. It happened that she knew and admired the work of Sunao Katabuchi, thanks to the animated series 'Famous Dog Lassie' (1996). She thus agreed to collaborate on the project in 2010.

In this Corner of the World is also the first Japanese animated film realized thanks to crowdfunding, a participative process that interested the producer Taro Maki of the company Genco, producer of the film in Japan.

SUNAO KATABUCHI, A CONTEMPORARY OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI

Sunao Katabuchi and Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä and the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away) met during an intervention by the latter at the university where Katabuchi was studying. Subsequently, Katabuchi began working as a screenwriter for Hayao Miyazaki while still a student.

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He then worked with Yoshifumi Kondo on a feature film called Little Nemo (1984), along with other titles such as Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies, Pompoko, My Neighbors the Yamadas, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya). In 1989, Sunao Katabuchi became an assistant director on the film Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) by Hayao Miyazaki. He made his debut as a director in 1996, thanks to the 'Famous Dog Lassie' series. In this Corner of the World (2016) is his third feature film.

A FILM OF EXTREME REALISM

During the four years between 2010 and 2016, Katabuchi carried out a great deal of research thanks to the archives remaining from the time. In this Corner of the World thus recounts the historical facts (places, dates) that the viewer sees in the film extremely accurately.

In order to reproduce the Nakajima Honmachi neighborhood in Hiroshima as closely as possible, the director even went there and asked the inhabitants of the city to reproduce the current building "Rest House", once a clothing store, located near a cotton store. Thanks to the memories of the former inhabitants of the neighborhood at the time, he was able to reconstruct it as it was in the memories of the people. Being close to the bombing, is classified as a place of memory from the war.

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In his works, Katabuchi seeks to reproduce scenes of everyday life as faithfully as possible. The background of war in In this Corner of the World makes the viewer feel the desire to continue to live the everyday life that's seen through the eyes of the heroine.

The daily life of Suzu evolves along with the war, but she and her beautiful family are only allowed peace late in her life. Since the story begins in 1932, when Emperor Akihito was born, the action is concentrated mainly in 1944, then continues in 1945 with the numerous bombings of Kure and then Hiroshima.

AN AWARD-WINNING FILM

In this Corner of the World has just won the prize for best animated film at the Japan Academy Awards, as well as the Jury Prize at the Festival of Annecy last June. In addition, it was awarded Best Film and Best Director of the Kinema Junpo Best 10 Awards, the prize of the oldest film magazines in Japan, awarded by a panel of 100 film journalists. It is the first time since My Neighbor Totoro (1988) by Hayao Miyazaki that an animated film has won first prize for the film category.

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