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Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema unveils world-class line-up

3 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

From October 8 to 19, the 43rd edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma will run. This year’s lineup of 380 films (152 features and 228 shorts from 55 countries) includes 40 world premieres, 51 North American premieres and 41 Canadian premieres. The festival opens with the English language debut of Philippe Falardeau, The Good Lie and closes with the feature documentary The Salt of the Earth co-directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.

Always balancing the best of local and world cinema, this year’s line-up features favourites of the festival circuit including a number of key world premieres. Some key releases include, Félix and Meira (winner of best Canadian feature at Tiff), Adieu au langage (Jean- Luc Godard), Horse Money (Pedro Costa), Hard to Be a God (Aleksey German), Jauja (Lisandro Alonso), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg), P’tit Quinquin (Bruno Dumont), Wild (Jean-Marc Vallee), A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour »

- Justine Smith

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New Trailer For Studio Ghibli's Princess Kaguya

7 hours ago | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in July, the Us dubbing voice cast was revealed for Studio Ghibli’s latest work, The Tale Of Princess Kayuga. Now we can see (or rather hear) their efforts in action with the latest American trailer for the film.Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter. In the yarn, a man finds a tiny girl inside the stalk of a bamboo. Deciding with his wife to raise her as their own, they see her become a beautiful young woman who attracts the interest of lots of suitors. But she hides a secret that might affect her life... The trailer's lovely, putting the film's impressionistic art vibe front and centre.Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata took on directorial duties for this one, which features the likes of Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden, Beau Bridges, »

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14 Genre Features That Dominated Fantastic Fest

7 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Audience Award went to Studio Ghibli entry "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," director Isao Takahata's delicately hand-drawn retelling of a classic Japanese folktale now well-voiced in English by Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges and more. New Ghibli films from Miyazaki will be missed, but Takahata, who directed 1988's "Grave of the Fireflies," carries the animation studio's torch with mastery. The "Next Wave" Spotlight Competition prizes were given to "It Follows," David Robert Mitchell's creepy Std horror tale that wowed Cannes Critics' Week in May 2014. Mitchell also picked up the Best Screenplay prize for his deadly serious, artful chiller that will end up topping horror geek's best-of lists at the end of the year. (Interview with David Robert Mitchell here.) Ukrainian first-timer Miroslav Slaboshpitsky was shut out of the Foreign Language Oscar for his grueling "Lord of the Flies"-like »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Princess Kaguya' trailer shows off impressionistic art style from Studio Ghibli

9 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

After Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises garnered critical and commercial success last year, the Japanese animation studio returns this year with its latest English-language translation, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The film’s new trailer offers a peek at the film’s style, which is a departure from the studio’s recent slate of releases.

With Chloe Grace Moretz voicing the title character, Kaguya, originally released in 2013, follows the life of the titular princess. Found in a bamboo grove, Kaguya grows rapidly from her infancy. Everyone takes notice of Kaguya’s quick growth, from her peers to the Emperor, »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Studio Ghibli’s ‘Princess Kaguya’ gets an English-Language Trailer

11 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fresh off of its Audience Award win at Fantastic Fest 2014, Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya has revealed its first English-dubbed trailer. The new trailer shows off considerably more of Kaguya’s story than the initial teaser trailer, Based on the 10th century Japanese folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” The Tale of Princess Kaguya tells the story of a baby girl found in the stalk of bamboo and tracks the princess from a young child to adulthood.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya also marks the end of an era in more ways than one. While the movie is expected to be the last produced by beloved animation studio Studio Ghibli, it may also be the final film from iconic animator Isao Takahata. During his Q&A at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the 78-year old discussed his skepticism about making future films at his advanced age, »

- Zachary Shevich

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Beautiful Full Trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale Of Princess Kaguya

11 hours ago | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Studio Ghibli has released a new full U.S. trailer for their upcoming animated feature The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The movie is based on the Japanese folk tale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, which is a fantastic story in which an older couple find a tiny child inside a special bamboo stalk. She grows up to become extremely beautiful, and attracts all kinds of suitors. The animation is absolutely stunning, and it's a style that only Studio Ghibli could get away with doing these days. 

The film was directed by Isao Takahata, and it stars the voices of Chloe Grace Moretz, Mary SteenburgenJames CaanDarren CrissLucy LiuBeau BridgesDaniel Dae KimJames MarsdenOliver PlattJohn ChoGeorge Segal, and Dean Cain. Here's the synopsis:

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, »

- Joey Paur

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Foreign Horror 'Alleluia' & 'The Babadook' Win Big At Fantastic Fest

12 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There's still a couple days left and a secret screening to go at Fantastic Fest, but before things close, organizers have counted the ballots and the jurors have argued in order to arrive at the award winners. And this year, foreign horror dominated the festivities in Austin. The France/Belgium thriller "Alleluia" and buzzed about Aussie horror film"The Babadook" were both big winners at this year's Fantastic Fest. The former took Fantastic Features awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, while the latter nabbed Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress in the Fantastic Horror category. Both films premiered elsewhere, with "Alleluia" unspooling at Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and "The Babadook" playing Sundance. As for the public, they gave Isao Takahata's "The Tale Of Princess Kaguya" the Audience Award (check out the latest trailer here). Full list of winners below. Audience »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Ghibli's 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' Official U.S. Trailer

13 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I'm not really the biggest fan of dubbed films, even animated films dubbed into English never feel right. So, to watch Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in English seems as if something will be lost in the translation, not necessarily the meaning and certainly not the story, but the mood and tone can get disrupted. Yes, in the case of Kaguya a cast that includes the voices of Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, Daniel Dae Kim, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, John Cho, George Segal, Dean Cain and Darren Criss has been assembled so it isn't as if director Isao Takahata's (Grave of the Fireflies) film is getting a second-rate treatment, but it nevertheless seems "wrong" to me. That said, here is the official domestic trailer for the upcoming release of the film that just won the Fantastic Fest Audience Award. »

- Brad Brevet

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'Princess Kaguya' trailer offers a first listen of the Studio Ghibli film's English dub

13 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 fantasy film "Spirited Away" is the only Best Animated Feature winner to be produced outside the English-speaking world. In fairness to the voters who still haven't bestowed Sylvain Chomet with an Oscar, there haven't been that many opportunities for outsiders to power through — the Academy only cemented the category for its 2002 ceremony (making Miyazaki's the only traditionally animated film to ever win the award too). So while the Oscars may not reflect the artistic legacy of Studio Ghibli — currently on a "brief pause" as it figures out how to be a money-making operation without recently retired, Walt Disney-like leader — the company arrives to the 2015 race with a major contender: "Tale of Princess Kaguya." Adapted from a 10th-century Japanese folktale by director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata ("Grave of the Fireflies," "My Neighbors the Yamadas"), "Princess Kaguya" is the story of girl discovered in a stalk of bamboo, »

- Matt Patches

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Chloë Moretz speaks in Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya trailer

17 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Studio Ghibli has released an English language trailer for The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

Chloë Grace Moretz voices the title character in Isao Takahata's adaptation of the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, Daniel Dae Kim, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, John Cho, George Segal and Dean Cain also lend their voices to the animation.

It tells the story of a girl found inside a stalk of bamboo, who is taken in by an old bamboo cutter and his wife.

As she grows, Kaguya-hime is forced to decide between five suitors and to learn the truth about her origins.

Takahata previously directed Pom Poko and Grave of the Fireflies. This is his first solo directing project since 1999.

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya will arrive in Us cinemas on October 17. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »

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The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Trailer

22 September 2014 5:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The latest effort from Studio Ghibli and writer-director Isao Takahata, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, boasts a beautiful animation style that's all too uncommon in recent years, and befits the film's story inspired by one of Japan's most beloved folktales.  You'll know in an instant whether or not the sweeping, hand-drawn animation is your cup of tea, but the studio's pedigree should be reason enough to take a look at the first trailer for the English language version.  The story revolves around the titular princess, a tiny girl found inside a stalk of bamboo, who rapidly matures and mystifies those around her, but must inevitably pay the price for her crime. Featuring the English voice cast of Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, and Lucy LiuThe Tale of Princess Kaguya opens Stateside on October 17th.  For more on the film, be sure to check out Matt's review from Tiff, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Full-Length U.S. Trailer For Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ Reveals New Voice Cast

22 September 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Despite initial rumors indicating they’d be shutting their doors, Studio Ghibli will hopefully work things out so they can continue to produced works of art in the world of animation. Their second-to-last feature (for the time being) comes from Grave of the Fireflies director Isao Takahata and will be landing in U.S. theaters next month, so we have a new full-length […] »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: New Trailer For Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale Of Princess Kaguya' Featuring The Voice Of Chloe Grace Moretz

22 September 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Following the retirement of animation icon Hayao Miyazaki, the beloved Studio Ghibli may be going through a restructuring process that will limit their output for the foreseeable future, but they’ve still got one more in the chamber, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.” We all know that American audiences apparently hate to read movies, so the film is getting an English-dubbed makeover courtesy of some big name Hollywood stars, and this version just got a new trailer. Originally released in 2013,  Isao Takahata (“The Grave of the Fireflys”) directed and co-wrote the film, and this marks the legendary animator’s first solo helming effort since 1999. A retelling of the folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” the film tells the story of a magical princess, Kaguya, who is discovered inside a stalk of bamboo, and traces her life from infancy to adulthood in the human world. After its initial release in Japan, »

- Brent McKnight

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Babadook, Alleluia triumph at Fantastic Fest

22 September 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival has announced its winners and The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, Alleluia and The Babadook are among the more popular choices.

Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League and Louis Black presented critic Leonard Maltin with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The festival runs in Austin, Texas, from September 18-25. For further details about all the winners click here.

Audience Award presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter:

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, Isao Takahata.

Next Wave Spotlight Competition presented by Dell Precision:

Best Picture: It Follows, David Robert Mitchell 

Best Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, The Tribe

Best Screenplay: David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Best Actor: Lou Taylor Pucci, Spring

Best Actress: Amy Everson, Felt.

Fantastic Features:

Best Picture: Alleluia, Fabrice Du Welz

Best Director: Fabrice Du Welz, Alleluia

Best Screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima, Maiko Tedano and Nobuhiro Monma, The World Of Kanako

Best Actor: Laurent Lucas, Alleluia

Best Actress: Lola Dueñas, Alleluia.

Horror Features: »

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‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ is Studio Ghibli at Its Sweet, Epic Best

20 September 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

One of the most impressive things about The Tale of Princess Kaguya is its dual nature as a delicate epic and a powerful slower burn that’s never dull. It’s like watching a feather turn to stone over two hours before being knocked down by it (and those who know Grave of the Fireflies won’t be surprised that Kaguya has that kind of strength). This is a fine followup for Isao Takahata, who brings a half-century of animated storytelling and the tearfully hopeful Fireflies legacy to this ancient folktale. As the cultural ambassador for Japan, it’s fitting that Studio Ghibli is the one sharing “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” — the country’s oldest surviving narrative — on this scale with the rest of the world. The story features an older man who discovers a tiny princess growing out of a bamboo stalk, who he takes home and raises as his own daughter. He »

- Scott Beggs

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Director Isao Takahata Talks The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, His Process, the Future of Studio Ghibli, the Popularity of Animation in Japan, and More

16 September 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

One of my personal highlights from this year's Toronto International Film Festival was getting to interview director Isao Takahata for his new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  If you're not familiar with his name, Isao Takahata is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with Hayao Miyazaki, and he previously directed Only YesterdayPom PokoMy Neighbors the Yamadas, and the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies (which I can't recommend enough).  In his latest movie, which is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Takahata breaks away from Ghibli's familiar animation style and tells a story that embraces the connection between nature and magic.  For more on the film, read Matt's review.  The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be released in North America on October 17. During the interview Isao Takahata talked about how he picks his subject matter, how he decided on the look of the film and the style of animation, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Daily | Wrapping Toronto 2014

14 September 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

As this year's Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, we gather one last round of notable reviews of notable films: new work by Liv Ullmann, François Ozon, Isao Takahata, Denys Arcand, Sophie Barthes, Alan Rickman, Im Kwon-taek, Anne Fontaine, Ken Jacobs, Manoel de Oliveira, Bent Hamer, Ann Hui, James Franco, Andrew Lau, Andrew Niccol, Wang Xiaoshuai, Claire Denis, Michael Winterbottom, Lone Scherfig, Peter Chan, Mario Martone, Zhang Lu, Naji Abu Nowar and more. » - David Hudson »

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Tiff 2014: Charmed by Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya'

9 September 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

As a die-hard Studio Ghibli fanboy, I always feel like I'm way behind when I finally see the latest film they originally released a year ago in Japan. But I'm so glad I finally caught up with Isao Takahata's The Tale of Princess Kaguya, originally released in Japan in November of 2013, but just now making its way to North America thanks to the Toronto Film Festival. I'm even happier I saw the original version with Japanese dialogue and English subtitles, the way it was meant to be seen, rather than the dubbed version coming up for the Us. It's a wonderful film, incredibly charming and so much fun to watch. Of course, the animation is remarkably beautiful, unlike anything I've seen before - hand-animated to look like old watercolor scrolls. Based on the classic Japanese folk story of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, the film tells the full »

- Alex Billington

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Tiff: Hayao Miyazaki's Swan Song

6 September 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel's adventures at Tiff. Day 1

Are documentaries about filmmakers that are at least in part documentaries about the making of particular films, just giant infomercials? Can they ever not be even when they're good? The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a documentary about Studio Ghibli in Japan made me desperate to see Miyazaki's final picture The Wind Rises. And I've already seen it! 

Kingdom purports to be about Studio Ghibli but is actually much closer to a profile of Hayao Miyazaki and his regimented and consistent working methods: he works from 11 Am to 9 Pm exactly Mondays through Saturdays; he storyboards all of his movies in chronological order while they're in production (no actual screenplays) so no one, including him, knows how they'll develop and end; his daily routine includes a walk in which he waves to the children of the animators in the in-house nursery and a trip to the »


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Toronto 2014: 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' review

5 September 2014 11:19 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆There's been much discussion this year of the winding down of beloved Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, with the two founding fathers, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, hanging up their pencils. Both found fitting, if unspectacular, ways to bow out; first was Miyazaki with the soaring The Wind Rises (2013) and now Takahata follows suit with the evocative fable, The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguyahime no monogatari, 2013). An appropriately melancholic swansong, it blends the director's prior occupations and provides a perfect canvas for a final visual flourish. Taking Eastern watercolours as inspiration, the aesthetic is impressionistic and painterly with a fluidity that imbues the piece with an intrinsic magic.


- CineVue UK

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