MONSTRA Festival

Feature Film Competition 4 - The Concierge


14 March | CINEMA SÃO JORGE | 21:30
Original Version and subtitled in Portuguese and English
Country: JAPAN Year: 2023 Duration: 70 mins.
It’s Akino’s first day on the job as a trainee concierge at the "Hokkyoku Department Store" –an unusual department store that caters exclusively to animals. Under the watchful eyes of the floor manager and senior concierges, Akino is tested by customers with myriad needs and problems in her pursuit to become a full-fledged concierge. This is especially true of the demanding “V.I.A”s (Very Important Animals), who are on the extinct species list. A laughing owl who wants to please his beloved wife. A sea mink searching for a special gift for her father. A Japanese wolf who lacks the confidence to propose to the love of his life… Akino runs around to fulfill the wishes of her customers who come to the “Hokkyoku Department Store” for themselves, for the ones they love, and for many other reasons.
Direction: Yoshimi Itazu
Writers: Satomi Oshima
Animation: Chie Morita
Music: tofubeats
Sound: Hiromi Kikuta
Distribution: Aniplex