As many expected, this semi-autobiographical dream-like fantasy from the mind of Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli received an Oscar nomination to add to its long list of nominations and awards. The first non-English language animated film and first 2D animated film to win a Golden Globe, the film has received five nominations from the Annie Awards, animation’s top contest. After Mahito loses his mother in a fire, he moves with his father to the countryside. He soon befriends a pesky heron who claims his mother is alive and leads him to an abandoned tower in the woods. There they discover an alternate, magical world that reveals his mother’s secret.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
“The Boy and the Heron is a literal work of art. Cryptic as it can be, you leave reminded that life can be wonderful, but only sometimes, and often in the most unlikely ways.” — Danny Leigh, The Financial Times (UK)
“Don’t call it a comeback — or another retirement. Do call it an astonishing, sumptuous animated fantasy featuring everything you love about one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.” — Ben Travis, Empire Magazine
Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Kô Shibasaki
Japanese (with English subtitles)