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The Boy and the Heron Coming to Miami Film Festival

boy and the heron

The Boy and the Heron is scheduled to hit North American theaters on December 8 thanks to GKIDS, but there are a few opportunities for people to see it beforehand. Attendees at the Toronto international Film Festival got to view it on September 7 (its international debut), and in August the New York Film Festival announced it would be offering the movie its American debut. Now it’s been revealed that The Miami Film Festival’s Gems 2023 will also be screening Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film before it reaches U.S. theaters.

Specifically, it will be screened at the Silverspot Cinema 12 on November 4 at 4:30 PM EST, so people in the sunshine state or those able to travel there don’t have to wait until December to see the film. If they’re able to get tickets, that is.

The festival listed these prices for attendees:

$13 General Admission
$10 Miami Film Society Members
$12 Seniors (65+)
$12 Veterans with ID
$10 Students with ID

Tickets cannot be reserved in advance. The Miami Film Festival further explained in its FAQ section when asked about buying tickets the day of the movie:

On the day of the screening, tickets are for sale at all of the venues and online, subject to availability. The theatre box offices open 1 hour before the first screening of the day and closes 30 minutes after the last screening. If day-of-show tickets are no longer available, you can always try the Rush Line!

The festival gave this description for the movie:

While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother’s tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy’s mother. As he tries to adjust to this strange new world, a persistent gray heron appears, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the “long-awaited one.”

Source: ANN, Miami Film Festival



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