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Wes Anderson's tale of deported dogs opens Berlin film festival

From Reuters - February 15, 2018

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. director Wes Andersons Isle of Dogs - a quirky movie about a Japanese city that deports its dogs to a garbage dump island during an outbreak of canine flu - became the first animation to open the Berlin film festival.

The stop-motion feature, shown on Thursday, follows the adventures of the mayors 12-year-old adoptive son Atari, who flies a plane to the island to rescue his beloved pet Spots.

The mayor stops a scientist from curing the pets and a U.S. exchange pupil at the local school has her visa withdrawn when she suggests he is trying to turn people against dogs.

Anderson said his first idea was just to do a story about dogs and combine that with his love of Japan. Only later did he start developing the politics swirling around the science-fiction style Megasaki City.

Its our fantasy of the politics of this made-up place in Japan but then, because weve been working on this movie a long time, the world began to change ... and all of a sudden it seemed kind of right for the moment, Anderson said at a post-screening news conference.

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