The Japanese Film Festival Alice Springs, co-presented with Desert Festival
While all seats are booked, some people may not attend – so if you are super keen turn up for the wait list.
12:00PM Complimentary Japanese food and drinks for RSVPs
12:30PM Film (In English, suitable for children)
Every year the Japanese Film Festival brings the best of Japanese cinema to Australia. The Japanese Film Festival in Alice Springs, with support from Alice Springs Cinema, is screening 3 films over 2 days, and is free to attend.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
One day, while spending the summer with her great aunt, Mary follows an odd cat into the nearby woods. There she stumbles upon flowers which hold a strange, luminescent power that brings a broomstick to life — which then, in a heartbeat, whisks her above the clouds and off to a strange and secret place. It is here she finds Endor College – a school of magic!
Even though the penalties for imposters are harsh, Mary enters the Endor College campus. And despite a complete lack of magical knowledge, she demonstrates surprising promising abilities. However, she quickly discovers that all is not as it seems at the school – there have been strange experiments taking place behind closed doors, and all too soon, she comes face to face with great danger – and a life-changing choice.
From the creators of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There, and featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill (The BFG), Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Jim Broadbent (Paddington), Mary and The Witch’s Flower is a stunningly animated fantasy adventure, filled with magic, fun and emotion.
Genre: Anime, fantasy, kids & family
Runtime: 103 mins
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Studio Ponoc)
Original story: Mary Stewart’s The Little Broomstick
Screenplay: Riko Sakaguchi, Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Music by: Takatsugu Muramatsu
Copyright: © 2017 M.F.P.