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BUY TICKETS 3pm Tuesday 18 February
DIRECTOR Mamoru Hosoda
VOICES Colleen Clinkenbeard, David Matranga, Jad Saxton, Jason Liebrecht
In this delightful animation, comparable to the finest of Studio Ghibli, college student Hana falls in love with a werewolf and has two children who are half wolf. Determined to protect her young family, Hana moves to a quiet village where the children grow up and face their destiny. A touching and intelligent fable about the universal trials of growing up, parenthood and finding your place in the world. (2012 Japan 117 minutes Dubbed)
Free pre-film drop-in drawing and mask-making workshop from 2pm.
All ages and abilities welcome.
BBFC advice: Contains mild violence and threat
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Hana is a 19-year-old student who falls in a ‘fairy-tale like’ love with a ‘wolf man’. Over the course of the 13-year story Hana gives birth to two children – older sister Yuki, and younger brother Ame, or ‘Snow’ and ‘Rain’. At first the family quietly lives in the city trying to hide their wolf heritage, but when the “wolf man” suddenly dies Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town, far from their previous city life.
There’s no howling at the moon here or business with silver bullets. Hosoda makes the subject of his movie into the choice between a lupine or a human destiny — one the couple’s two children, the tearaway Yuki, and her little brother Ame, must also face. The movie is hauntingly romantic at heart, in the best spirit of a Gothic fairytale, but without the harsh shadows or hard edges. Tim Robey, The Telegraph
UK RELEASE 25 October 2013
RUNNING TIME 117 minutes