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“Lu Over the Wall” directed by Masaaki Yuasa won the top award for feature movies at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which was held in France through Saturday.

Director Sunao Katabuchi’s film, “In This Corner of the World,” meanwhile won the jury award at the festival, which was held for the 41st time.

“Lu Over the Wall” depicts the friendship between a boy and a mermaid who likes singing and dancing, while “In This Corner of the World” portrays the life of a young woman living in Hiroshima Prefecture at the end of World War II.

Yuasa’s movie was the first Japanese production to win the festival’s top feature film award since 1995, when “Pom Poko,” directed by Isao Takahata, received the honor.

Around 2,800 films, including feature and short films as well as television and commissioned films, from 85 countries and regions were submitted to the festival this year, the organizer said.

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