Japan, 1995, 111 min, 35mm, Dir. Yoshifumi Kondō, Rated G, Japanese with English subtitles, GKIDS

Whisper of the Heart

Saturday, 6/25 & Sunday, 6/26

"Beautiful and evocative; a fine tale of adolescent yearning and aspiration." – Anime News Network

Young book-worm Shizuki Tsukishima spends her days translating popular foreign music into Japanese. She notices that every book she borrows from the library was previously checked out by a boy named Seiji Amasawa. Through a chance encounter with a mysterious cat, she ends up meeting Seiji and falling in love. But when he confesses his dream of becoming a famous violin maker in Italy, she is forced to confront her own dreams and desires. Whisper of the Heart was the first theatrical Studio Ghibli film to be directed by someone other than the studio’s co-founders Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahato, though it was written by Miyazaki. The first and only feature by Yoshifumi Kondō, who died three years after the film premiered, it is an emotional and heartfelt piece about finding one’s passion in life. A critical and commercial success, it spawned a spin-off based on the magical cat called The Cat Returns.

As a follow-up to our MIYAZAKI! Ghibli's Master of Japanese Animation festival last summer, this year we're expanding to the best the medium has to offer with a new festival, Anime: Japanese Gems taking place June 24-30, 2016.

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