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"Your magic is growing stronger. But when we grow stronger, the world grows more dangerous."

Kubo is the son of a legendary samurai warrior, but is himself a humble, clever boy who lives to tell stories to the people in his seaside town. When he accidentally summons a spirit from the heavens, one that is hell-bent on fulfilling an age-old vendetta, Kubo goes on the run. Armed only with his shamisen, a magical musical instrument, he must battle gods and monsters to save his family and discover the secret of his legacy.

Kubo and the Two Strings is the directorial debut of Travis Knight, the Oscar-nominated lead animator on Coraline (MIFF 2009) and ParaNorman (MIFF 2012). The latest film from the critically acclaimed LAIKA studio boasts an epic fantasy scope, and incredible animation. Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones' Rickon Stark) heads up a voice cast that includes Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei.

"Utterly stunning." – Wired

Australian Premiere

Grab the kids and join us for this special red-carpet gala screening and party from 12pm, featuring delicious Cobs popcorn on the house, and fun children's activities. The film will follow at 1.30pm.

MIFF recommends this film for ages 10+
Unclassified 15+ (people aged under 15 can attend only if with a parent or adult guardian)