Sunao Katabuchi, 2001 (105m)
A curious young princess, hindered by her royal status, watches the outside world go by. Sometimes she sneaks out of the palace; sometimes she escapes into the books she hides under her bed. Eager suitors, tasked with retrievng magical objects, come to court her, but do not charm her: “They will make you hate yourself if you listen to them for long enough,” warns a wise, old witch. When the princess’ father is tricked into giving her hand to a sorcerer, she is imprisoned in a tower. Will her blossoming friendship with a serving girl allow her to outfox the magician?