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Patema Inverted



Japan (99 mins, dir. Yasuhiro Yoshiura)

If you can't trust gravity, then what can you trust?

An exhilarating tale of star-crossed love and overcoming impossible odds, Patema Inverted is the richly inventive new film from young gun of the anime scene, Yasuhiro Yoshiura.

In a distant future, rebellious teenager Patema lives underground in a grim industrial complex. Exploring the outer boundaries of her home one day, she stumbles into a hole and starts falling... up. Caught upside down, she is discovered by thoughtful surface-walker Age. Realising that gravity works on each of them in different directions, the two embark on a perilous mission to uncover the dark forces ruling the world they thought they knew.

"Nicely complex and challenging ... an assured and enjoyable piece of storytelling." – Screen Daily

GENRE: Animation/science-fiction

KEY THEMES: Reconciliation, persecution, totalitarianism, tolerance, peace, friendship

SUITABLE YEAR LEVELS: Middle secondary +

LANGUAGE: Japanese with English subtitles

CURRICULUM LINKS: Languages (Japanese), Civics and Citizenship, The Humanities - History


  • Learning not to allow fear of the unknown to restrict personal freedom.
  • Seeing people for who they are rather than judging them based on their cultural background.
  • Discovering the importance of having the courage to search for the truth and to learn more about the world beyond our immediate surroundings.
  • Recognising how the film’s futuristic allergy, about an authoritarian regime that exploit fear and ignorance, can be applied to real historical examples.

School Screenings

Wednesday 13 August, 11am at ACMI Cinemas

Friday 15 August, 1.30pm at ACMI Cinemas