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Whisper of the Heart Opening in Select Theaters February 3rd in New York and Los Angeles

A modern live action adaptation
of Aoi Hiiragi's classic manga Mimi wo Sumaseba


WHISPER OF THE HEART reimagines Aoi Hiiragi's manga Mimi wo Sumaseba for both a new generation and fans of the sensational and classic manga.

Hiiragi changed manga history forever with his culturally impactful coming-of-age tale. Now this iconic work comes to the big screen in a heartfelt adaptation directed by Yûichirô Hirakawa (The Promised Neverland), intertwining the themes of first love, promises, and finding your dream. WHISPER OF THE HEART offers a retelling of the original manga story from the perspective of 10 years later, featuring well-known moments from the novel that perfectly echo realities of the present-day.

Our protagonists Shizuku and Seiji find themselves chasing a dream they thought was their own 10 years ago, coming to realize that somewhere down the line something went missing. Shizuku, who remained in Japan, now works for a prestigious book publisher, but finds that her inner spark for writing has dwindled. This begins to affect her own career when her clients can't even decipher if she truly cares about their work. Meanwhile, Seiji, now an acclaimed cello player in Cremona, Italy, has become frustrated and jaded in his pursuit of artistic perfection. When Shizuku decides to visit her long-lost companion of 10 years, the two of them embark on a journey of self-discovery – a once in a lifetime opportunity to evaluate what is truly important to them in life.

WHISPER OF THE HEART asks if young love really can endure the test of time, and if it can bring us closer to fully realizing our dreams in the process.

Directed and written by Yūichirō Hirakawa, co-distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Shochiku, and stars Nana Seino (Attack on Titan Part 1, Nowhere Girl) and Tori Matsuzaka (The Blood of Wolves).

Available on VOD - June 20th, 2023

About Capelight Pictures

Founded in 2004, Capelight Pictures is a Berlin-based distributor, that released the Oscar winning documentary, Free Solo, and co-distributed the Oscar winning film, Parasite, in Germany. In 2019, Capelight Pictures started releasing foreign films in North America. To date they have released upwards of 30 films including South Korea's blockbuster of 2022, THE ROUNDUP -- grossing over 1 million at the box office. Japan's FUKUSHIMA 50 and the German documentary THE SECRET LIFE OF TREES based on Peter Wohlleben's New York Times best selling book of the same name.

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