Hailed as a masterpiece in Japan, Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years unfolds as a poignant tale of love and loss, all with a breathtaking display of imagination. Following Miyazaki’s announcement of retirement, this film, “The Boy and the Heron,” stands as a cherished offering-a potential farewell from one of cinema’s most revered artists, renowned for masterpieces like “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke.”
Mahito Maki endures a heartbreaking family tragedy. He is swiftly relocated to the countryside, where his father toils for a family involved in crafting planes for Japan’s military, mirroring Miyazaki’s own family history.
In this secluded environment, Mahito explores the surroundings, encountering a steadfast grey heron that seems inexplicably drawn to him. The pair stumbles upon an abandoned tower. This pivotal moment catapults “The Boy and the Heron” into a realm of wonder.
*Please note this screening will be dubbed in English.