Japan (120 mins, director: Kitaro Kosaka)
Veteran anime filmmaker and former Studio Ghibli animator Kitaro Kosaka brings his magic touch to this fable about a young orphan girl running her grandmother's inn with some supernatural help.

This charming new feature from veteran filmmaker Kitarō Kōsaka – a leading animator on Akira, Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and countless others – follows the adventures of Okko, a young girl dispatched to live with at her grandmother in the countryside after her parents die in a car crash. While tending to chores at grandma’s traditional Japanese inn, built atop an ancient spring, Okko befriends a group of mischievous ghosts that only she can see.

With the help of her spooky new pals, Okko transforms grandma’s inn and becomes something of a minor celebrity in the process, while Kitarō delivers a moving reflection on grief, selflessness and inclusivity – even when your company includes phantom spirits!

“Disarming … reminiscent of the indelible My Neighbor Totoro.” – Pittsburgh Magazine


8 August 201911:00amSofitel Melbourne On Collins AuditoriumPast event
14 August 20191:30pmSofitel Melbourne On Collins AuditoriumPast event


Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
Genre: Animation
Classroom discussion points: Coming of age, use of folklore, family relationships, sacrifice, grief, selflessness
Age suitability advice: Mild animated violence
MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 10+

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