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'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time': Interview with Director Mamoru Hosoda

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time won the award of Special Distinction, one of the three awards for features at Annecy this year. Its merit lies in the execution of the time jumping story which, instead of dealing with vast movements of history, concentrates in the small movements in the emotional lives of its Japanese urban high school protagonists over several days. Trivial moments in a triangle of high school students are lived and re-lived in an attempt by the heroine, Makoto, to get it right in the simple choice of which she will have for a boyfriend or a friend.

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