The New York International Children’s Festival announced that it will be hosting the North American premiere of the Patema Inverted anime film.
Patema Inverted takes place in an underground world where tunnels extend everywhere. Even though they live in dark and confined spaces, people wear protective clothes and lead quiet and enjoyable lives. Patema, a princess in her underground village, loves to explore the tunnels. Her favorite place is a “danger zone” that her village prohibits people from entering. Even though she’s scolded, Patema’s curiosity can’t be held back. No one ever explained what the supposed danger was.
On her usual trip to the “danger zone,” Patema faces unexpected events. When hidden secrets come to light, the story begins to unfold, starting with a boy who lives upside-down to her world. “When you let go of her arm, the girl falls to the sky.”
The film premiered at France’s Annecy animation festival in June 2013, and it won the Judge’s Award and the Audience Award at Edinburgh’s Scotland Loves Animation festival in Fall 2013.
The festival will run from March 7-30, 2014.