The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival will be holding the world premiere of Suzume no Tojimari anime film (English title: “Suzume”), a new film by Japanese filmmaker Makoto Shinkai. It will be the first anime to compete in the festival since Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away in 2001. The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 16th to February 26th in Berlin.

Suzume no Tojimari anime film is set to release in April this year in various countries in Europe and North America. For this, Crunchyroll has partnered with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International and Eurozoom to release the movie in the United States and Canada. In addition to that, Sony Pictures Entertainment will distribute the movie in Australia.

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Suzume no Tojimari Anime Film Release Date

  • April 12 in France and Malta
  • April 13 in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and New Zealand
  • April 14 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Gibraltar, Ireland, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and the United States
  • Additional 2023 dates to be announced for additional Latin America and EMEA territories (Source: Crunchyroll)
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About the Suzume no Tojimari Anime Film

In this film, a 17-year-old girl, Suzume, dreams of a magical world. But when an earthquake cuts her off, she is forced to run to an abandoned resort to help a young man. There, she meets a mysterious young man, Sota Munakata.

As they help Suta to close the door, a red column of smoke appears and disappears. Suzume realizes that she is in the wrong place. When a local named Daijin sees her, he silently follows her.

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As they chase the worm, Sota realizes that he is not alone. Using a key from his neck, he helps Suzume to lock the door. He then takes a seat in a chair. This is where his sense of self begins to fade away.

Suzume no Tojimari was commissioned by Makoto Shinkai in 2020. It is set in Kyushu, Japan and has a mysterious plot. According to the festival, it will be the first film to compete in the competition section of the Berlinale since the 2001 animated movie Spirited Away.

The 73rd Berlinale will feature 18 titles. These films will compete for the Silver Bear and Gold Bear awards. Also screened will be Survival of Kindness, which follows an aboriginal woman who goes on a quest to find her lost hometown.


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