Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume enters competition at the famous Berlinale Festival
Undoubtedly, Makoto Shinkai’s latest film was a phenomenon at the box office in Japan. Indeed, Suzume was the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2022. And, big plans are ahead for its international release. It will make its international debut at 73rd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). This is marks the first anime film to be in competition in 21 years. In 2002, Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away was nominated and won the Golden Bear prize. The festival runs from February 16 to February 26 2023. Makoto Shinkai will attend the event with voice actress Nanoka Hara and producer Genki Kawamura.
To celebrate the news, a new key visual was unveiled:
After the Berlinale Festival, Suzume will release around the world in April. Crunchyroll is handling the release and has teamed up with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International and Eurozoom.
- April 12 in France and Malta
- April 13 in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and New Zealand
- April 14 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Gibraltar, Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and United States
More dates will be announced for Latin America and EMEA territories.
On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—
“Suzume no Tojimari” is a coming-of-age story for the 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close the doors causing devastation.
Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.
—The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.
Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky…
Never-before-seen scenery, encounters and farewells… A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite all the obstacles in her way, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our own struggles against the toughest roads of anxiety and constraints that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors that connect our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression upon all of our hearts.
Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.
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