Bubble

“The person I always thought I was, wasn’t really me. After you arrived, I became me for the first time.”

When mysterious bubbles rained down in Tokyo, the city was destroyed and covered by a huge dome. Resources are scarce, and the remaining residents, especially orphaned youth, compete for food. In daring parcour battles, which includes jumping off the bubbles, Team Blue Blaze, centered around the secretive Hibiki, makes a notably good impression. When Hibiki is rescued by the mute Uta in an accident, a magical, tragic romance unfolds, inspired by H. C. Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”. Uta confronts Hibiki with a previously unknown intensity of emotions. An explosive, visually fascinating anime in which metaphysical thoughts about emergence and decay are woven.
by Tetsurō Araki
with Jun Shison, Mamoru Miyano, Yuki Kaji, Tasuku Hatanaka, Alice Hirose, Sayaka Senbongi, Marina Inoue
Japan 2022 Japanese 100’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 14 years and up

With

  • Jun Shison
  • Mamoru Miyano
  • Yuki Kaji
  • Tasuku Hatanaka
  • Alice Hirose
  • Sayaka Senbongi
  • Marina Inoue

Crew

DirectorTetsurō Araki
ScreenplayGen Urobuchi
MusicHiroyuki Sawano
ProducerGenki Kawamura

Tetsurō Araki

The Japanese director and animator began his career with the television series Death Note. Since then, he has directed numerous animated films and series including Attack on Titan which garnered international acclaim and won him the Best Director award in the Anime of the Year category at the 2014 Tokyo Anime Awards Festival.

Filmography

2007 Death Note; TV series 2010 Gakuen Mokushiroku Haisukūru obu za Deddo (High School of the Dead); TV series 2011 Giruti Kuraun (Guilty Crown); TV series 2013 Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan); TV Series, season 1-3 2016 Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress); TV series 2019 Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri – Unato Kessen (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato) 2022 Bubble

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022