Ten years after their last production, esteemed Japanese animation studio Ghibli released “The Boy and The Heron”, bringing animation lovers together all over the world, in Casablanca as well.
Thanks to Film Event Consulting, a Moroccan film-distributing firm based in Oujda, the film was showcased in Casablanca as early as it did in several major cities around the world this week, evoking a sense of nostalgia due to the unique animation style.
The distributor partnered up with Megarama cinema theaters and Les Films 26, offering many special screenings of the animated fable on Tuesday, October 31.
The film’s director, Hayao Miyazaki is considered one of the greatest animation filmmakers of all time. His films are acclaimed globally for their visual identity, complex storytelling, and universal themes.
Miyazaki’s work has won numerous awards, including an Oscar for “Spirited Away”. The animator is also recognized for his strong female characters and his commitment to the environment.
The animation master returns with “The Boy and the Heron,” over 10 years after his last picture, “The Wind Rises,” which was adapted from a novel by Genzaburo Yoshino and had the best opening weekend gross of any Studio Ghibli production in Japanese history.
The newest film took Miyazaki seven years of effort. It traces the story of 11-year-old Mahitio, who returns to live in his native village after the disappearance of his mother. He then meets a gray heron who, throughout their adventures, helps him unravel the mysteries of life.
Film Event Consulting demonstrates its commitment to providing a wide and varied selection of films in the Moroccan distribution market by introducing recently released big productions.
By enabling Moroccan youth and elders to see their idols’ cinematic creations on a large screen, it also adds to the influence of animated cinema and its diversity.