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The 51st New York Film Festival announced on Monday that it will screen Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) anime film as a part of its main lineup. The screening will mark the U.S. premiere of the film.
The Wind Rises opened in Japan on July 20, and the film earned 961 million yen (about US$9.66 million) to top Japan's box office for the weekend. The film centers on Jirō Horikoshi (played by Evangelion director Hideaki Anno), the designer of Japan's famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II. The film is also screening at the Venice International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival will host the film's North American premiere earlier in September.
Hirokazu Kore-eda's Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru), which won the Jury Prize at Cannes in May, will also screen at the festival. The film follows two families as they find out six years later that their children were switched at birth.
The New York Film Festival usually screens between 25-30 films, but this year's festival will screen 35 films. The Wind Rises is the only animated film that will screen in the main lineup. The festival will be held from September 27 through October 13. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 8.