Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Giovanni's Island
(Giovanni no Shima)

Year: 2014
Country: JAPAN
Run Time: 102 minutes

Giovanni's Island
Giovanni's Island
Giovanni's Island

In the summer of 1945, Shikotan Island in Japan’s far north is a delightful place to play for young brothers Junpei and Kanta. Their stern father runs the island defense force while soldiers are up in the mountains shooting. Then comes August 15: the war is over, Japan has lost, and Soviets occupy Shikotan. When a Russian family takes over their house, the boys’ family is moved into the stall. Worst of all, they have to share their school with Russian children. But then Junpei meets Tanya, the daughter of the Soviet commander. Soon the children are playing together and learning each other's languages. When Junpei's father is taken away by the Soviets, he blames Tanya. By the time he learns the truth, he and all the Japanese are being moved off GIOVANNI’S ISLAND into internment camps, far away. Inspired by true events, this wise and beautiful animated film helps young viewers make sense of incomprehensible events. (In Japanese, Russian, and Korean with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:15 AM -
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:25 PM

Family Films
Film Is Art
Pan-Asian Films

Chief Animator
Nobutake Ito

Art Director
Santiago Montiel

Mizuho Nishikubo

Mizuho Nishikubo was born in Tokyo. A longtime trusted collaborator of Mamoru Oshii, Nishikubo has worked as animation director on many TV series and most of Oshii's animated films.

"Atagoal: Cat's Magical Forest" (2006), "Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai" (2009), GIOVANNI'S ISLAND (2014)

Tomoyuki Miyagawa, Yoshiki Sakurai

Shigemichi Sugita, Yoshiki Sakurai

Principal Cast
Kota Yokoyama, Polina Ilyushenko, Junya Taniai, Tatsuya Nakadai

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