Created by Hosodas’ animation company Studio Chizu, the film has been confirmed to not only showcase in the upcoming San Sebastian International Film Festival, but will also be competing for the Golden Shell. This will be the first time an animated film will be considered for the award, which is the highest prize given to any film playing during the festival, which will be running from the 18th-26th in September.
The Boy and the Beast (or Bakemono no Ko) is based around both the human world and the world of the bakemono, when a small boy gets lost in the bakemono realm he finds a creature called Kumatetsu and quickly becomes his disciple. The film opened in Japan last month and has sold over 3 million tickets.
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