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LONDON – Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises will open the inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, mounted by the Doha Film Institute in Qatar.
The gala opening will mark the Middle Eastern and North African premiere for the anime film.
Starring Japanese animator and film director Hideaki Anno, Japanese actress and former musical performer Miori Takimoto, actor Hidetoshi Nishijima and theater and film actor Masahiko Nishimura, The Wind Rises depicts the story of a young boy living in a provincial town.
When he wakes up to a dream about flying like an airplane from the top of his room, which is then destroyed by a large ship that emerges from the clouds, he is convinced that he was born to create one of the world’s greatest flying machines. After borrowing an English-language aviation magazine and a dictionary from a friend, he works his way up to become an engineer, and begins working at an airplane manufacturer.
Written and directed by Miyazaki, The Wind Rises derives inspiration from a short story written by mid-20thcentury poet, writer and translator Tatsuo Hori, which fictionalizes the life of the designer of the fighter aircraft Mitsubishi A5M and its successor, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, both of which were used for battle in World War II.
The inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, Doha Film Institute’s platform, aimed at bringing audiences of all ages together to discuss and appreciate cinema, begins Nov. 26, 2013 and runs through Nov. 30.
Ajyal Youth Film Festival director Fatma Al Remaihi said: “Promising a showcase of international films, the inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival pays tribute to one of the world’s most followed art forms. Anime is extremely popular with the youth in the Middle East, and our opening night film celebrates the final work of legendary filmmaker Miyazaki. It’s very exciting for us to have a film screen at the launch of our new Festival from such a prolific filmmaker.”
Miyazaki anime feature films includes Howls’ Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Castle in the Sky.
The tribute to anime at the festival will also include Lupin the Third:The Castle of Cagliostro  by Miyazaki, Horus: Prince of the Sun  by Isao Takahata and Panda and the Magic Serpent , by Taiji Yabushita and Kazuhiko Okabe.
Closing the curtain on the tribute to anime will be Garden of Words  and Voices of a Distant Star , by Makoto Shinkai.
Ajyal Youth Film Festival aims to build on the Doha Film Institute’s history of community-based programming.
The Doha Film Institute, Qatar’s independent cultural organization, announced plans to launch two festivals a year during this year’s Festival de Cannes, just weeks after the parting of the ways with Tribeca Enterprises at the end of April.
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