The New York International Children's Film Festival is presenting the English-language version of THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME.
THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is a lush shoujo animation with a sci-fi twist from the illustrator and author of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. The original Japanese version had its U.S. premiere at NYICFF in 2007 and was the first film to sell out that year.
Tokyo teenager Mokoto Konno prefers to play baseball with the boys than gossip with the other girls. Stuck at a midpoint between child and adult and with graduation approaching, she's not too sure of what she'd like to do with the rest of her life--that is, until a mysterious accident in the science lab gives Mokoto the ability to leap (literally) back in time.
Once she recognizes the life-changing potential of her newfound power, Mokoto's life becomes increasingly chaotic. In a series of breathtaking freeze-frame sequences, she plunges into the past in an attempt to manipulate fate in her favor; yet, it soon becomes painfully clear that she cannot avert the inevitable. More than just a visually stunning anime adventure, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is a metaphorical tale of teenage angst: Mokoto's manic time-leaping reflects her deeper fear of growing up--a denial of creeping adulthood, of uncomfortable romantic feelings, uncertainty about her future, and a growing nostalgia for her simple high school life circumscribed by the baseball diamond and her two best friends.
Screenings are at 11 a.m. both days at the IFC Center, 323 6th Ave (at West 3rd) in New York City.