Hayao Miyazaki • 101 • Japan

Roffa Mon Amour + Nieuwe Instituut  

Film: Ponyo (2008)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Date: Friday, October 20

Doors open: 19:30

Film starts: 20:00

English dubbed with Dutch subtitles

Location: Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam

Drinks, popcorn and sweets for sale at the location


While watching Ponyo again we started to ask ourselves what would it look like if human bodies had to adapt to a future environment with rising sea levels. What if we would partly live under water? Will our skin become water resistant? Will our feet transform into flippers and how will our respiratory system adapt? Seemingly a playful fairy tale, Ponyo is way more than a cute animation. With the power of imagination and the magic of illustration,  new worlds with new principles are created. 

About the film 

Five-year old Sosuke lives with his mother Lisa and father at the shore of a cliff. His father is a captain and away from home a lot. His mother works at a retirement home and often brings Sosuke with her. While driving along the coastline Sosuke spots a very cute little sea creature which gets his attention. He catches the fish, calls her Ponyo and brings her to the retirement home where the elderly are shocked because ‘fish with faces’ can cause a tsunami. Ponyo and Sosuke become close buddies. But soon after the babbling ocean becomes turbulent and monstrous waves take over the town and Sosuke loses his new friend. 

Ponyo doesn’t belong on the land and is part of a major project from Fujimoto, a sea wizard who clones fish to keep nature in balance. Fujimoto is furious and puts all his effort into getting Ponyo back to his master submarine. But Ponyo dreams of becoming human. 

Sosuke is faced with an underwater challenge which will determine whether his friend can transform into human for good.