Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Adventure, Anime

Poupelle of Chimney Town


Directed by: Yusuke Hirota

Year: 2020

Length: 101 minutes

Classification rating: Unclassified all ages

Screens in: Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

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A film for the dreamers, believers and stargazers

Animation production house STUDIO4ºC (Children of the Sea) has delivered its finest work to date, bringing to life Akihiro Nishino’s best-selling children’s book “Poupelle of Chimney Town”. The story follows Lubbichi, a young chimney sweep who sets off in search of the stars beyond the dreary blanket of smoke that constantly cloaks his town, a dystopian metropolis full of stacked chimneys. Lubbichi meets an unlikely companion, a smelly sentient being born from garbage whom he names Poupelle, and together the pair embark on a whirlwind adventure that sweeps through the grimy steampunk-esque town at roller coaster speeds. Soon the duo faces hurdles from the fearful townsfolk who always accused Lubicchi’s father, Bruno, of heresy when he told stories of “stars” beyond the town’s thick smoke before his mysterious disappearance. Despite this, Lubicchi is determined to discover the truth of Chimney Town.

2021 Fantasia Film Festival - Nominated for Best Animated Feature

Sunday 31st October

Palace Electric, Canberra


Sunday 7th November

Palace Raine Square, Perth

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Sunday 14th November

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

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Saturday 20th November

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

Sunday 21st November

The Kino, Melbourne

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Saturday 27th November

The Kino, Melbourne


Saturday 4th December

Palace Central Sydney, Sydney

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Sunday 5th December

Palace Norton Street, Sydney

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Director: Yusuke Hirota

Written by: Akihiro Nishino

Production Company: STUDIO4°C

Based on: children's book Poupelle of Chimney Town

Cast: Masataka Kubota, Mana Ashida and Shinosuke Tatekawa

Genre: Adventure, Anime

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles