Kotatsu: Lu Over The Wall (PG)
Japan/2017/112mins/PG. Dir: Masaaki Yuasa. With: Kanon Tani, Shôta Shimoda, Shin'ichi Shinohara
Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance - whether they want to or not. As Kai spends more time with Lu, he finds he is able to tell her what he is really thinking, and a bond begins to form. However, since ancient times, the people in the village have believed that mermaids bring disaster and soon there is trouble between Lu and the townspeople, putting the town in grave danger. A toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa's genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the cinema.
Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival