The Boy And The Heron Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival
The animation - which has been described as "a grand fantasy" by Studio Ghibli and which is loosely based on Genzaburo Yoshino’s 1937 coming-of-age novel How Do You Live? - will also open Toronto Film Festival earlier in the month.
Miyazaki founded Studio Ghibli with Isao Takahata in 1985 and has gone on to direct critically acclaimed animations including My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, which was Oscar nominated. He also received an Oscar nod for his 2013 feature The Wind Rises, which screened at the festival. San Sebastian has also shown Spirited Away and Ponyo. His latest film will screen out of competition.