At the end of World War II, the small Japanese island of Shikotan became a part of the Sakhalin Oblast, a federal subject of Russia. GIOVANNI’S ISLAND follows two young boys, Junpei and Kanta, as they befriend the Russian girl whose family takes over their house.
Like Grave of the Fireflies, GIOVANNI’S ISLAND is a beautiful, heartbreaking drama about two kids who are forced to grow up too soon amidst war and conflict beyond their control. With an exquisite animation style and moving storyline, director Mizuho Nishikubo has crafted a rich, emotional experience that earns GIOVANNI’S ISLAND a place amongst the greatest war dramas, animated or otherwise.
SCREENWRITER: Shigemichi Sugita, Yoshiki Sakurai
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Yumiko Nakata
CAST: Masachika Ichimura, Yukie Nakama
LENGTH: 101 min
2014 Annecy International Animation Film Festival Jury Distinction
2014 Fantasia Fest (Montreal) Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation
Tribute to Monty
At the beginning of this program, there will be a special tribute to Austin-based animator Monty Oum. Monty was an animator on the popular Rooster Teeth series Red vs. Blue, and the creator of RWBY, the first American anime to be exported to Japan. He passed away tragically earlier this year, at the age of 33.