"The legendary filmmaker has returned, thankfully, to deliver one of his best, most imaginative and mature movies yet." - Laura Babiak, Observer

"A staggering addition to one of animation’s most totemic filmographies." - David Sims, Atlantic

"Miyazaki once more collides the known and the impossible to spin a yarn of fantasy and tragedy that leaves audiences dropped-jawed in awe, a bit heartbroken, yet bolstered by beauty and radiant empathy." - Kristy Puchko, Mashable

Opens December 8 | In his first film in a decade, Hayao Miyazaki returns with a profound visual feast. During WWII, teenage Mahito is grieving the tragic loss of his mother when he must relocate to the countryside home of his father Shoichi and stepmother Natsujo. Isolated and struggling to adjust, Mahito is exploring the rural landscape when he encounters a persistent grey heron, and discovers an abandoned tower that takes him on an extraordinary journey into a magical, sometimes startling alternate reality. A boundlessly imaginative exploration of grief, family, and childhood, THE BOY AND THE HERON is a masterful work of wondrous beauty. *Select showtimes of the English cast dubbed version will be presented. 


Awards & Nominations

Official Selection - New York Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival


The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu