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Director: Isao Takahata
Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

Isao Takahata’s 2013 animation, based on a 10th-century folk tale about the tragic earthly life of a princess from the moon, may not have won the best animated feature Oscar, but it is a masterpiece of a declining art form. More 2-D animations will doubtless come along, but not with this film’s combination of delicate painterly beauty and dreamlike, evocative movement.

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