Modest Heroes

Ponokku tanpen gekijô


Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12:30pm
Tivoli Theatre

This banquet of kid-friendly short films from Japan’s Studio Ponoc (“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”) features three works about modest heroes. "Invisible" (Akihiko Yamashita, 13 min.), directed by the lead animator on “Howl’s Moving Castle” and other films by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, follows a nameless invisible man who must try to recapture his interest in life. "Kanini & Kanino" (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 16 min.), from the Academy Award®-nominated director of “When Marnie Was There” and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower,” tells the story of two tiny crab brothers who venture out into the world for the first time and encounter an array of challenges. "Life Ain’t Gonna Lose" (Yoshiyuki Momose, 15 min.), directed by the key animator on such Isao Takahata films as “Grave of the Fireflies,” relates a true story about a mother and her severely egg-allergic son.

45 min.

Directed by

Yoshiyuki Momose, Akihiko Yamashita & Hiromasa Yonebayashi



Film Category

Animation Spotlight Asian Focus International Spotlight SLIFF/Kids Family Films




Family Film

Shown with

Peyton's Wish

Peyton's Wish

Kevin Johnson

Peyton Crump stars in this sci-fi adventure — produced in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri -— in which a young boy battles an intergalactic overlord who is stealing dogs from Earth to use as diggers on a new mining planet.

8 min.

Space Girls

Space Girls

Carys Watford

Four space-obsessed 9-year-old girls embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket.

10 min.