The Boy and the Heron, the latest feature film from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, will have its US premiere at the New York Film Festival.
According to Anime News Network, the new anime will appear in the Spotlight section of the upcoming festival. The New York Film Festival is scheduled to run from September 19 to October 15.
The Boy and the Heron (also known as How Do You Live?) premiered in Japan on July 14. Inspired by Genzaburo Yoshino’s 1937 novel, the story is set during conflict. World War II’s Pacific Ocean and follows a boy named Mahito Maki. After discovering an abandoned tower in his new town and encountering a talking heron, he delves into a fantasy world. The Boy and the Heron, Miyazaki’s first major project in ten years and rumored to be his last, has completely dominated the Japanese box office, setting new sales records in its first three days of release. mat.
However, the film has a long way to go before it can actually turn a profit. According to one of the film’s producers, Toshio Suzuki, the title could be the most expensive Japanese film ever made. “I think we spent more money to earn [The Boy and the Heron] perhaps more than any other film ever made in Japan,” he explained. Production on the film began in 2016 and the creative process took a long time due to the completely hand-drawn nature of the film and Studio Ghibli’s attention to detail In an interview from last year , Suzuki stated that “we have 60 animators, but we can only create one minute of animation in a month.”
The New York Film Festival isn’t the only standout movie event for which The Boy and the Heron is headlined. Notably, the title will have its wider North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7; This is the first Japanese animated film and film to open this prestigious event. The Boy and the Heron will also appear in the lineup for the San Sebastian Film Festival.
At the time of writing, the distributor GKIDS has not announced when The Boy and the Heron will be released in North American theaters. For the time being, fans of Miyazaki’s beloved work can find many Studio Ghibli classics like Spirited Away and The Wind Rises on the MAX.
Source: Anime News Network