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Flatpack: Mary and the Witch's Flower
Genre-hopping Cultural fixture Flatpack returns to Birmingham for its 12th edition, including a particular focus in 1968 as well as the usual stew of live scores, feature previews, walking tours and family film.
In this impressive first offering from Japan’s Studio Ponoc, founded by Studio Ghibli veterans Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura, a young girl comes upon a curious flower which awards her magical powers for one night only. In an exciting, colourful, Harry Potter-ish story, Mary takes to the fantastical witch school in the sky, Endor College. But, could this cloud-borne palace be too good to be true? You’ll find several of your favourite Ghibli tropes in this stunning fable and, most importantly, the same charm, wonder and the same simple message that being yourself is the best thing to be.