Cannes Film Festival Honors Studio Ghibli

Thursday, April 18, 2024

(Hayao Miyazaki)

By Nada Azhari

TOKYO- The Tokyo-based Studio Ghibli has become the first group to receive the coveted Honorary Palme d’Or at The 2024 Cannes Film Festival in May. The award is usually awarded to very talented individual actors or directors.

Iris Knobloch, President of the Cannes Film Festival, said the award was a historical first. “Japanese animated cinema is experienced as one of the great adventures of cinema, between tradition and modernity.”

Toshio Suzuki, speaking on behalf of the studio, said they were greatly honored and grateful to be awarded the Honorary Palme d’Or. He added that although he and his co-founder were aging out, he expected the company would continue with teams of new filmmakers who would carry on the spirit of the company.

The studio was co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki in 1984, with the intention to create high quality animation that appealed to both children and adults.

Visitors can experience their journey in film at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo.

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