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Japanese animated film ‘Mirai’ to screen at IU Cinema on Sunday



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"Mirai" screens at 1 p.m. April 7 in the IU Cinema. “Mirai" is a film that follows Kun, a young boy who runs away from home and stumbles upon a magical garden that serves as a time-traveling gateway. Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

IU Cinema will screen “Mirai” at 1 p.m. April 7. The event is free but ticketed.

Directed by Hosoda Mamoru and produced by Studio Chizu, “Mirai” is an animated film in the realm of Studio Ghibli. Among Mamoru’s other projects are “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and “Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie.”

“Mirai,” which means “future” in Japanese, follows Kun, a young boy who runs away from home and stumbles upon a magical garden that serves as a time-traveling gateway. He encounters his mother as a little girl and goes on adventures with his older baby sister.

“In his latest film, ‘Mirai,’ Hosoda examines the enduring essence of family in a tale of a 4-year-old boy who embarks on a time-traveling journey across generations with the teenaged version of his newborn baby sister,” according to the IU Cinema website.

The film was released in 2018 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It also won an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and a Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

“Mirai” is part of IU Cinema’s East Asian Film Series. The series has included films such as “Shoplifters,” “The Fantasy of Deer Warrior” and “Tharlo.”

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