Director Masaaki Yuasa’s newest movie Lu Over the Wall (Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta) will be shown at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June and has been entered into the category ‘Best Feature Film.’ The movie is coming out on 19 May 2017 in Japan.
The movie is set in a small port town called Hinashicho, where Kai, a middle-schooler who keeps everything to himself, meets mermaid Ru. It is a youthful story, teaching the viewers, through Kai and Lu, how important it is to express your own feelings.
Annecy was first held in 1960 as part of the Cannes Film Festival. It specialized in animated movies and then became an independent film festival, making it the oldest and largest film festival about animation today.
Japan has been nominated and won prizes at this festival for many years. For example, in 1993 with Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso, or in 1995 with Isao Takahata’s Pom Poko. 2007’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by director Mamoru Hosoda won the special award, while in 2011, Keiichi Hara’s Colorful won the special award and the audience award. His movie Miss Hokusai also won the jury award in 2015.
In 2017, 2850 entries were sent in by 95 countries from around the world and 229 – including Lu Over the Wall – were selected for the Festival. Cross your fingers for Masaaki Yuasa, who is participating in the festival for the 3rd time. This is his first Best Feature Film entry!
Annecy Film Festival will be held 12-17 June 2017, all the winners will be announced on the last day of the festival. Then we will know if Lu Over the Wall gained the Crystal Award in its category.
Annecy International Animation Film Festival
Venue: France, Annecy
Date: 12-17 June 2017
Lu Over the Wall
Out in Japanese Cinemas on 19 May 2017