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Miyazaki's The Wind Rises to Play in L.A. on November 8

posted on by Egan Loo
1-week Oscar-qualifying run before wider release by Disney's Touchstone Pictures

Disney's Touchstone Pictures will screen Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's anime film The Wind Rises at The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles for a one-week engagement, starting November 8. Studio Ghibli just announced on Sunday that Miyazaki is retiring from making feature films; The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's 11th and final feature film.

The story 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. Disney will release the film in North America, and Studio Ghibli International announced that it will produce the English-language dub with producer Frank Marshall (From Up On Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo).

The film screened at the Venice International Film Festival on September 1-2. The Toronto International Film Festival will screen the film's North American premiere from September 11 to September 15, and the film will make its United States debut at the 51st New York Film Festival between September 27 and October 13.

To qualify for consideration in the 86th Academy Awards, a feature film must play in a commercial movie theater in Los Angeles County for at least seven straight days by December 31, 2013.

Sources: Animation Scoop, KPCC

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