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The Boy and the Heron (12A) [In Japanese with English subtitles]

Outdoor Cinema 2024

This beautiful tale from the animation masters at Studio Ghibli follows a boy who journeys to a dreamlike world. As magical as you would expect from writer/director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away).

Filmmaking legend Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle) received yet another Academy Award for this recent work, in which a young boy moves to the countryside and is lead into a magical world by a talking crane.

Touching on themes in his earlier films; unimaginably fantastical worlds, visits from strangers, and children attempting to process grief, The Boy and The Heron will be adored equally by die-hard Miyazaki fans and those exploring Studio Ghibli's work for the first time.

Stunning vistas, quirky characters and extraordinary beings are all animated to perfection and paired with a beautiful score from Ghibli regular Joe Hisaishi. Standing in stark contrast to the unyielding concrete of our Barbican architecture, this outdoor screening will open a portal to a fluid, magical world we invite all to step inside.

2023 Japan dir Hayao Miyazaki124 min

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