VENICE, Italy – Director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated feature “Hauru no Ugoku Shiro” (“Howl’s Moving Castle”) was screened Sunday at the Venice film festival.
The movie, based on a children’s book of the same name by British author Diana Wynne Jones, is entered in the competition section of the 61st Venice International Film Festival, which opened Wednesday.
The film was warmly received, with the audience who packed the 1,000-capacity hall exploding into applause and whistles for more than five minutes after the show.
Producer Toshio Suzuki said, “I am deeply moved that so many people in the world have shown such a special interest in Miyazaki’s film.”
The story, set in a world of science and witchcraft, depicts a romance between a sorcerer named Howl and an 18-year-old girl, Sophie, who is turned into a 90-year-old crone. “Howl’s Moving Castle” is in competition for the Golden Lion award, the top prize at the festival.