Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no koe)

Closing Night

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Makoto Shinkai / Short Narrative / Japan / 2003 / 25 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Japanese / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Animation
No Premiere


Special Screening - Focus on Anime

Mikako and Noboru have only had eyes for each other since middle school, but when she’s recruited by the UN to be a member of its Space Army, they become star-crossed lovers separated by space and time. As she travels further into outer space, Mikako’s messages take years to reach her beloved. Will he forget her? This astonishing film succeeds in the almost impossible task of turning futuristic technology, spaceships and email into a most lyrical setting for a beautiful, desperate love story.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Often referred to as the ‘new Miyazaki’, Makoto Shinkai is one of the most distinguished voices of modern anime. Born in Nagano, Japan, he studied Japanese literature at university. His ‘Voices of a Distant Star’ (2002) won a number of awards in Japan and attracted much attention. His feature films include ‘The Place Promised in Our Early Days’ (2004), ‘5 Centimetres per Second’ (2007) – which were highly successful and brought him a wider audience in Japan and worldwide – and ‘Children who Chase Lost Voices’ (2011).


Makoto Shinkai
Makoto Shinkai
Makoto Shinkai
Makoto Shinkai
Makoto Shinkai
Sales Company
CoMix Wave Films Inc.
Production Company
CoMix Wave Films Inc.
Chihiro Suzuki, Sumi Mutoh

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