Join us for a rare screening of Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka), the acclaimed 1988 anime feature from Japan's esteemed Studio Ghibli. In turns both tender and shattering, touching and often overwhelming, the film follows 14-yr-old Seita and his little 4-yr-old sister Setsuko as they strive to survive the devastating firebombing of Kobe in the last days of World War II. The film will be shown in its original Japanese, with English subtitles.
"Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation," writes Roger Ebert, a champion of the film. "Yes, it's a cartoon, and the kids have eyes like saucers… but it belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made."
"Animation allows Takahata to draw performances from his children that no human of equal age could or should be expected to give. It is a film which demands – and deserves – total concentration and emotional surrender. The reward is an experience unlike any other: exhausting, tragic, and utterly bleak, but also somehow monumental." (Tom Huddleston, Time Out).
Tickets are $11 general / $10 youth and seniors / $6 SIFF members, available at the box office or in advance from the SIFF website. Free parking is available in either of the Uptown's two lots (passes available at the box office). More information: http://www.siff.net/cinema/detail.aspx?FID=261&id=46014