Studio Ghibli will receive an honorary Palme d’Or

Studio Ghibli will receive an honorary Palme d’Or
Studio Ghibli will receive an honorary Palme d’Or

The Japanese animation studio, which produced most of the films by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, will be honored on the Croisette in May.

Ghibli celebrated at the next Cannes Film Festival. The famous Japanese animation studio will receive an honorary Palme d’Or, the high mass of the 7th Art announced this Wednesday in a press release.

“I am truly honored and happy for the studio to receive the Honorary Palme d’Or,” said Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli. “I thank the Cannes Film Festival from the bottom of my heart.”

The producer of most of Hayao Miyazaki’s films said the award encourages Ghibli “to take on new challenges, led by teams who will perpetuate the spirit of the company.”

Abundant and colorful universes

“For the first time in its history, it is not a person but an institution that we wish to celebrate,” underlined Iris Knobloch, President of the Cannes Film Festival, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate.

“With Ghibli, Japanese animated cinema is experienced as one of the great adventures of cinephilia, between tradition and modernity”, they also affirmed, welcoming the “abundant and colorful universes” and the “sensitive and committed stories ” from the studio.

A Palme for George Lucas

Founded 40 years ago, Studio Ghibli mainly produced the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, including My Neighbor Totoro, The Grave of the Fireflies and more recently The Boy and the Heronwhich was praised at the Oscars.

The Cannes Film Festival has only screened one film from the studio on the Croisette, The Red Turtle in 2016. And only a handful of animated films won the honors of the competition, including Shrek 2, Ghost in the Shell 2, Persepolis And Waltz with Bachir.

Another honorary Palme d’Or will be awarded this year during the Cannes Film Festival: it will be awarded to the American screenwriter, producer and director George Lucas, creator of the franchise Star Wars.

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