Mamoru Hosoda named winner of the Locarno Kids Award

Mamoru Hosoda named winner of the Locarno Kids Award

The 74th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland has announced that Mamoru Hosoda (Mirai) the well-known Japanese animation director, will be honored with the Locarno Kids Award, to celebrate the first 20 years of his extraordinary career. The expected tribute will include the first Swiss viewing of his latest feature film beautiful, worthy of a standing ovation in Cannes, in Piazza Grande.

The director of Digimon: The movie (2000) The girl who jumped in time (2006) and Summer Wars (International Competition - Locarno 2009). Hosoda has captured global attention with Mirai (2018), which was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2019. To honor Hosoda, Locarno74 will be screened belle (2021) on August 9, as well as The Boy and the Beast (2015) and Wolf Children (2012) in the new official Locarno Kids: Screenings section, dedicated to the younger audience.


In addition, Locarno Kids will present a workshop on Japanese animation and its techniques, which will allow participants to immerse themselves in this unique creative world. The focus on Hosoda completes the new section, made of gems from the past to be rediscovered - such as the animated series RSI Chlorophyll from the blue sky (Chlorophyll from the blue sky, 1984) by Victor J. Tognola e Go west (1925) by the silent comedy icon Buster Keaton - and more recent and interesting projects, such as the contemporary titles chosen in collaboration with Castellinaria - Young Film Festival. (Discover the Locarno Kids program here.)

The 74th Locarno Film Festival will be held from 8 to 14 August in the Italian-speaking Swiss town on Lake Maggiore.

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