Pioner Kids will celebrate Goro Miyazaki’s 50th birthday with a screening of his film, “From Up on Poppy Hill.” Animation historian Pavel Shvedov will tell about Miyazaki the younger and the family profession at Studio Ghibli.
Yokohama, 1963. Having lost his father at a young age, Umi Matsuzaki cares for her grandmother and the twins while Mom is studying to be a doctor in America. Every morning, she raises the flag, believing that one her, her sailor father will return from his voyage. One day, she meets Shun Kazama, an activist and editor of the school newspaper. Together, they engage in the fight for the “Quartier Latin” student centre.
Goro Miyazaki’s second work as a director became one of the biggest box office successes for Studio Ghibli, the animation house led by great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. “From Up on Poppy Hill” is a realistic story about first love and teenagers in the 60s, where the echoes of two wars and the crash of the Japanese myth can still be felt. Ghibli’s usual dreamlike atmosphere yields here to a stylized romanticism.
After a break and a treat from Café Pion, a teacher from the TsEKh Contemporary Dance School will work with the children.
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