Children of the Sea
Children of the Sea


Kaijû no kodomo (Children of the Sea) | Ayumu Watanabe | Japan | 2019 | 111 min
OTTAWA
PREMIERE

Ruka’s summer break isn’t off to a great start as she isolates herself from her peers and her parents. Curious about a childhood memory, she returns to the aquarium where she once saw something beyond imagination in one of the tanks. She wasn’t expecting to now find a boy, Umi, swimming in one. Raised in the ocean by dugongs, Umi and his brother Sora are helping scientists understand the ocean, marine life’s recent strange behavior, and the boys’ connection to it all. But what is Ruka’s connection? Drawn to the sea and the brothers, Ruka will become a crucial part of this magical convergence. Watanabe creates a visually hypnotic and emotionally charged feature that explores relationships, both personal and aquatic.

"...this trippy, visually explosive piece of supernatural philosophy is like a sea version of 2001: A Space Odyssey: complex, sensory-twirling and utterly hypnotic."
- Chris Robinson, AWN

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Les vacances d’été de Ruka de partent pas du bon pied, car elle s’isole de ses paires et de ses parents. Elle s’interroge sur un souvenir d’enfance et retourne vers l’aquarium où elle a déjà vu quelque chose qui dépasse l’imagination dans un des réservoirs. Elle n’avait pas prévu d’y trouver un garçon, Umi, en train d’y nager. Élevés dans l’océan par des dugongs, Umi et son frère Sora aident les scientifiques à comprendre l’océan, le comportement récemment étrange de la vie marine, et la connexion des garçons avec cette dernière. Mais quelle est la connexion de Ruka? Attirée par l’océan et les frères, Ruka deviendra une partie cruciale de cette convergence magique. Watanabe a créé un film hypnotisant sur le plan visuel et chargé d’émotions, qui explore les relations personnelles, comme aquatiques.

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RATED 12+

Thursday, September 26 — 6:30 pm (GALA)
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Saturday, September 28 — 6:30 pm
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About the Director
Ayumu Watanabe has a reputation for his creative style and a warm, gentle depiction of characters. He has directed several theatrical films in the incredibly popular Doraemon franchise, along with many other titles that have been loved by adults as well as children.

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