Oscar Nominee: Best Animated Film!
Only one non-Hollywood monolith fought its way to an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film this year—the fantastic (in all the senses of the word), “dazzling” (Rolling Stone) Mirai! Kun, a little boy, enjoys a happy childhood until the arrival of his baby sister, Mirai. As the new baby becomes the center of his parents’ attention, he becomes increasingly jealous. Little by little, he withdraws into himself. In the backyard where he likes to take refuge, grows a magical family tree. Kun finds himself suddenly catapulted into a fantastic world where the past and the present mingle. One after another, he meets his relatives at different ages: his mother, as a little girl; his great-grandfather, as an energetic young man; and his little sister, as a teenager. Through these adventures, Kun is able to discover his own story. “Mirai casts a spell that works on children and adults alike, but in different ways. Its creator’s artistry and empathy are the connecting links. It may be the animator’s smallest film, but it stands tall. You’ll be enchanted.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. English-language version. PG. 98 Min.