The Boy and the Heron (Kimitachi wa dô ikiru ka)

Spotlight on Japanese Cinema

The July 7 screening is dubbed in English. All other screenings are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Winner of the 2024 Oscar for Best Animated Film and over a dozen international awards, this latest film from Studio Ghibli follows young Mahito, who moves to his family’s countryside estate after losing his mother. There, mysterious events lead him to a secluded and ancient tower, home to a mischievous gray heron. When Mahito’s new stepmother disappears, he follows the gray heron into the tower, and enters a fantastic world shared by the living and the dead. As he embarks on an epic journey with the heron as his guide, Mahito must uncover the secrets of this world, and the truth about himself.

Not recommended for children

Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris, The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, and the Vaughn Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Lois Chiles; Foundation for Independent Media Arts; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

The Boy and the Heron (Kimitachi wa dô ikiru ka)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2023, 124 minutes, in Japanese with English subtitles, except for the July 7 screening which is dubbed in English)
Brown Auditorium Theater, digital


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