Makoto Shinkai’s highly anticipated new film, Suzumeis set to have its international premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, Crunchyroll announced on Monday.
The film’s inclusion in the Berlin International Film Festival is a big milestone, as it is the first anime film to be screened as an official selection and competition event in two decades, its last – Abandoned by the Spirit — came in 2002. The film, which will be released worldwide in April, debuted in Japan in November 2022 and became the fourth highest-grossing film of 2022.
“At its core, Suzume based on the great disaster that happened in Japan twelve years ago,” Shinkai said in a statement. “I’m excited to see how this film translates to international audiences: what makes sense, what doesn’t, and what common ground exists across cultures. The upcoming international release of the film will hopefully give me answers to those questions. And, I cannot thank our team members enough for their unprecedented talent and perseverance throughout the film’s production. On behalf of the entire team, I would like to also to thank all the fans who inspire us, Suzume possible.”
Shinkai is expected to attend during the film’s run at the Berlin International Film Festival, along with actor Nanoka Hara and producer Genki Kawamura.
“17-year-old Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu when she meets a young man who tells her, ‘I’m looking for a door,'” reads the film’s synopsis. “What Suzume found was a timeless door standing upright among the ruins as if it was protected from any disaster that struck. Seemingly drawn to its power, it reached Suzume turns the knob. Doors begin to open one after the other all over Japan, unleashing destruction on anyone nearby. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.