When Marnie Was There
Ghibli in Japan was perhaps the best animation studio in the world, but work at the studio stopped last year. Temporarily, we hope. If not, this will be the very last Ghibli film. A beautiful swan song, featuring a grouchy heroine and a mysterious house by the water. Selected by KEES Driessen for Critics' Choice.
For decades, Studio Ghibli was the leading producer of Japanese anime. But since the departure of the two elderly masters Miyazaki Hayao (The Wind Rises) and Takahata Isao (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) in 2014, the studio has taken a ‘break’. Fans fear that the Ghibli era may now be at an end. If so, When Marnie Was There has been released in the nick of time as a modest but worthy swan song.