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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness to Screen at Sydney Film Festival

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness to Screen at Sydney Film Festival

by SamMay 27, 2014
Image Source: Sydney Film Festival website

Image Source: Sydney Film Festival website

Want an insight into the world of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli as a whole? It has been announced that Madman Entertainment will be screening Mami Sunada’s documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness during the Sydney Film Festival 2014. The feature is set to receive a single screening at 12PM on June 15th, 2014, one of the final films to be screened during the 12-day event.

Meet the creative forces behind Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio that is the focus of this absorbing documentary. Hayao Miyazaki, the director of such cinematic wonders as Princess Monokoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castleis the centre point. He’s working on his latest, and perhaps his last film, The Wind Rises. The studio where he storyboards the entire film, and his dedicated team painstakingly draw each frame by hand, is cluttered, homely and apparently lacking any new technologies. On the other side of Tokyo, his colleague Isao Takahata is working on his latest opus. Producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki shuffles between the two, expertly managing their distinct approaches and longtime rivalry. Director Mami Sunada, winner of SFF’s 2012 Audience Award for Best Documentary with Death of a Japanese Salesman, has captured the timelessness of the process, the brilliance and skill, and Miyazaki’s perverse, playful humour. Prepare to be enchanted by the genius of Studio Ghibli.

For more information, check out its film page HERE. This is 1/4 of the Sydney Film Festival’s Salute to Studio Ghibli program which also features screenings of Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

There is currently no word on if Madman Entertainment plans to do a physical release of The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.

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