Our 50th anniversary will come to a celebratory close on 6 June with Poupelle of Chimney Town: an animated family film with climate change at its heart by Hirota Yusuke. The film is part of IFFR 2021’s Harbour lineup.
Poupelle of Chimney Town, Hirota Yusuke, 2020, Japan
A cheery garbage monster helps a boy and the townspeople explore the truth behind their oppressive, grey, isolated existence. This gentle, imaginative film from director Hirota Yusuke and Japanese anime studio 4C (Tekkonkinkreet, Children of the Sea) combines a pacy, eclectic and philosophical storyline with stunning animation.
Festival director Vanja Kaludjercic on the selection of the closing film: ‘Hirota Yusuke’s excellent adaptation of Nishino Akihiro’s children’s book is a prime example of imaginative, poignant storytelling. Through stunning, colourful animation it takes the audience along on an eclectic, rapturous philosophical journey. Its charming characters offer an uplifting story of hope, which is so important especially in the current times we are in. I'm incredibly proud to present Poupelle of Chimney Town as the closing film of our celebratory 50th edition, this Japanese animation will surely delight viewers of all ages.’
The closing event will comprise timed online screenings, and a 72-hour streaming window from 19:30 (CEST) on Sunday 6 June.
Ticket sales go live on 21 May