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Posted On: 25 April 2012 06:20 pm
Updated On: 11 January 2022 08:27 am

Famous Japanese movie ''Howl's Moving Castle'' is screening this weekend!

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A visually spectacular tale from legendary anime director, Hayao Miyazaki, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ is part of the renowned output of Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke).

A love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sofî, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Hauru. Under the curse, Sofî sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Hauru's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Hauru's fire demon, named Karishifâ. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Hauru, then Karushifâ will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape.

As part of its year-round screening series, Doha Film Institute (DFI) presents a showcase of acclaimed works from the rich and diverse cinematic tradition of Japan. The showcase is part of the Qatar Japan 2012 initiative, marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The series will feature classic and modern films, celebrating some of the masters, stars, genres and studios that have made Japan a leader in world cinema. Screenings will take place over the last weekend of every month at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium from March to September. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go to the ROTA Tsunami Relief Fund.

About the Director

Hayao Miyazaki was born in 1941 in Tokyo. After graduating from Gakushuin University in 1963 with a degree in Political Science and Economics, he joined the Toei Animation Company. As an animator, he has been instrumental in the creation of numerous TV series and feature films, often in collaboration with his senior colleague and mentor, director Isao Takahata. Miyazaki also directed the TV series “The Future Boy Conan” (1978), and several feature-length films, including 1979's “The Castle of Cagliostro”.

In 1985, Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli with Takahata, and has directed eight feature films since. His international phenomenon “Spirited Away” has broken every box office record in Japan, and garnered a very long list of awards and prizes world-wide, including the
Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2003 U.S. Academy Awards.

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