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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Looks like the upcoming Cannes Film Festival will be getting a dose of anime this year.

GKIDS, producer and distributor of animation, announced that the animated feature MIRAI from Japan’s Studio Chizu will screen at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section. The film is written and helmed by Mamoru Hosoda, the celebrated director behind The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. GKIDS will release the film theatrically this fall.

GKIDS’ titles previously appearing in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes include Ernest & Celestine, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, and My Life as a Zucchini, all of which went on to become Best Animated Feature Academy Award nominees for the company.

MIRAI follows a young boy named Kun who feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai arrives. Running away from home, Kun stumbles upon a magical garden that serves as time-traveling gateway where he encounters his mother as a little girl and has a series of adventures with his baby sister all grown up, opening up a new perspective on his world.

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SOURCE: GKids

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.