The-Wind-RisesReleased in Japanese cinemas last month, Hayao Miyazaki’s anticipated The Wind Rises (a.k.a. Kaze Tachinu / ????) is about to get its international debut on the festival circuit in Venice and then Toronto.

Ahead of its appearance out at TIFF, the festival has launched an official subtitled version of the trailer for the latest from the acclaimed animation house, Studio Ghibli.

This decade-spanning epic from maestro Hayao Miyazaki is his most unique films to date, inspired by the true stories of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one the most beautiful airplanes in history — the famed Zero fighter — and the poet Tatsuo Hori, whose verses are brought to life by the vivid animation of Studio Ghibli.

Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake, and Mansai Nomura lead the voice cast, with the American-English dubbed cast yet to be announced.

Miyazaki is directing from his own script, based on his own manga of the same name, which is in turn based on the short story by Tatsuo Hori, based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero fighter plane used in World War II.

The Wind Rises will be heading to Venice and Toronto in the coming weeks. No word yet on a US or UK release date, but here’s to hoping that it will at least get awards-qualifying runs on both sides of the Atlantic, if not a full release before the year’s end.

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