Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind is Rising”) will be competing for the Golden Lion trophy at the Venice International Film Festival that takes place August 28 – September 7. Other 19 films were also chosen to be screened in the competition of the 70’s edition of the festival, including new works by directors Philippe Garrel and Terry Gilliam.
Miyazaki, who won the Honorary Golden Lion award in 2005, issued a statement saying that he will not be able to attend the festival this year. It will be the third time for his movie to be screened at the event, Kyodo reports. The jury of the festival will be headed by the Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci.
The director’s new movie, “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Has Risen”), is based on the lives of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of Japan’s World War II-era Zero fighter plane, and mid-20th century writer Tatsuo Hori.
The 72-year old director said in an interview for Kyodo News that Horikoshi was one “of the most brilliant” Japanese in the early years of the Showa era (1926-1989).
The film title is actually inspired from a novel written by Hori in 1937 that accounts a woman’s struggle with tuberculosis.
“I’ve been producing animation movies for the sake of children, so I wondered if I should make a film about a man who developed weapons,” said Miyazaki, regarding his approach on Jiro Horikoshi’s biography.
The movie premiered in Japan earlier this month and had mixed reviews, as some accused the director of being “anti-Japanese”.
Hayao Miyazaki is the recipient of many trophies for his work, among which the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and the American Academy Award for Animated Feature Film.