The anime film adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura’s fantasy novel Lonely Castle in the Mirror has been selected as one of the 11 titles competing for the Crystal award for feature films at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2023. The festival, set to be held from June 11 to 17 in France, is known for its recognition of outstanding animated films from around the world. The Keiichi Hara-directed and A-1 Pictures-animated film was released in Japan on December 23, 2022, and has since grossed over one billion yen (7.47 million USD).
Lonely Castle in the Mirror tells the story of Kokoro, a shy outcast who discovers a portal in her bedroom mirror and is transported to an enchanting castle where she is joined by six other students. The teens must work together to uncover the mysterious connection that unites them, while also avoiding being eaten by a wolf if they break the rules. The film has received critical acclaim and has been praised for its heartfelt portrayal of growing up and the bonds that bring people together.
Director Keiichi Hara has a history of success at the Annecy festival, with his 2010 film Colorful winning the Audience Award and Special Distinction prize, and his 2015 film Miss Hokusai receiving the Jury Award. The Lonely Castle in the Mirror is also expected to receive an award at this year’s festival, and its official screening is scheduled for Monday, June 12.
In addition to its selection at the Annecy festival, the film will also have time-limited special screenings in Japan from May 26, featuring a newly edited footage titled “The Before and After Lonely Castle in the Mirror.”
The screenings will be held on regular and Dolby Cinema screens, providing fans with an opportunity to enjoy the film in a unique way. With its stunning animation, compelling story, and critical acclaim, Lonely Castle in the Mirror is poised to become a beloved addition to the anime film canon.