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Astra Award Won by Le Garçon et le Héron

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The tally of accolades continues to expand for The Boy and the Heron, the latest film by Hayao Miyazaki. The Hollywood Alliance recognized Miyazaki’s prowess by awarding him the Astra Award for Best International Director on Saturday night. Suzume was also in the run for an award for best animated film but was beaten by Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse from Sony.

The Boy and the Heron has also created history by becoming the first Japanese animated film to win a Golden Globe – let’s not forget that the film’s music composer Joe Hisaishi also received a nomination, albeit without any recognition.

The film also secured the Best Animated Film award on December 31 by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

It also received a nomination from the London Critics’ Circle for their annual awards ceremony. The Florida Film Critics Circle recognized it with a Best Picture award on December 21, and the film also bagged awards for Best Animated Film and Best Soundtrack.

The movie made its international debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7. Its European premiere took place at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (SSIFF), at the Kursaal Auditorium on September 22, post the opening gala. This marks the fourth time a Miyazaki film has been screened at SSIFF, and the first one to be a part of the Official Selection.

We should note that the movie was released simultaneously in theatres as well as IMAX, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X on July 14, in Japan. The Box office collection exceeded Spirited Away in its first four days (released in 2001); and recorded a 50% increase compared to The Wind Rises (2013). The movie brought in 1.7 million in IMAX (screened on 44 screens), setting a new three-day revenue record, according to the site.

On its first weekend, the film grossed the equivalent of 13.2 million in US dollars with 1.003 million people walking in. Between Friday and Monday, it registered 1.353 million admissions garnering 2.149 billion yen.

It has also clinched the 20th spot for the most profitable animated film in Japan, surpassing Tales From Earthsea directed by Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki.

In France, the movie was released on November 1, distributed by Wild Bunch:

Following his mother’s demise in a fire, 11-year-old Mahito must leave Tokyo to live in the countryside in his mother’s native village. He moves with his father into an old mansion situated on an enormous estate where he meets a grey heron who gradually becomes his guide, aiding him in understanding the world around him and unravelling the mysteries of life.

18-year-old Soma Santoki lent his voice to the lead role – Mahito Maki. Takuya Kimura made a cameo appearance. The rest of the cast features Masaki Suda, Kou Shibasaki, Aimyon, Yoshino Kimura, Keiko Takeshita, Jun Fubuki, Sawako Agawa, Karen Takizawa, Shinobu Ōtake, Jun Kunimura, Kaoru Kobayashi, and Shohei Hino.

Miyazaki is the author and director of the film. Takeshi Honda (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Rebuild of Evangelion) is the animation director. Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro) is the music composer. Toshio Suzuki, co-founder, is the producer.

The movie’s title song, Chikyûgi, is performed by Kenshi Yonezu (Chainsaw Man, My Hero Academia, March comes in like a lion) who performs the film’s theme song.

Sources: GKIDS Instagram, Comix X Count Wave Films

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