Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, August 17, 2013

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Japan/1995—directed by Yoshifumi Kondo)

Shizuku is spending her last summer vacation before high school reading and translating foreign music into Japanese. Perusing the eclectic selection of books she has checked out from the library, her curiosity is piqued when she notices that a name – Seiji - that appears before hers on the checkout card of each one. Through a series of curious and magical incidents, she comes to meet and establishes a connection to Seiji – who has dreams of becoming a famous violinmaker in Italy, while she has aspirations of becoming a writer. As their life goals pull them in different directions, Shizuku and Seiji are determined to remain true to their feelings for one another. A masterpiece about the awakening of creative talent, the utterly enchanting Whisper of the Heart (If You Listen Closely) was the first and only full-length feature completed by Hayao Miyazaki’s protégé Yoshifumi Kondo, before his untimely death at the young age of 47. Though rarely seen in the US, it remains one of the true classics of Japanese animation, and one of the many gems produced by Studio Ghibli. In English. (111 minutes).

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