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17th Animation Division Jury Selections

The Garden of Words

Animated feature film

SHINKAI Makoto [Japan]


One rainy day Takao, a high school student aiming to become a shoemaker, encounters Yukino, an enigmatic older girl, drinking a can of beer alone in a Japanese garden. Without commitment, they continue to meet only on rainy days, gradually forming a bond… With modern-day Tokyo as its stage, this is a subtle drama telling a tale with an expressive style only achievable through animation.