STUDIO GHIBLI FESTIVAL
Multiple screenings daily at IFC Center, throughout the holidays:
CASTLE IN THE SKY – THE CAT RETURNS – HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE – MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND – OCEAN WAVES
PONYO – PORCO ROSSO – PRINCESS MONONOKE
SPIRITED AWAY – WHISPER OF THE HEART
MORE SEATS JUST ADDED – Due to multiple sold out shows this week, the Ghibli retrospective has been moved into larger theaters starting today. Don’t miss your chance to see these wonderful films from Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and the masters of Studio Ghibli on the big screen with new 35mm prints. Only 2 screenings left for PORCO ROSSO! Only 4 screenings left for PRINCESS MONONOKE.
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Recommended all agesFrom the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended ages 7 to adultDon’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most stunningly beautiful, exciting, and infrequently screened films. A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended ages 6 to adultIn this sequel to Whisper of the Heart, a quiet suburban schoolgirl, Haru, is pitched into a fantastical feline world and must find her inner strength to make her way back home. Walking with her friend after a dreary day at school, Haru eyes a cat with a small gift box in its mouth attempting to cross a busy street. The cat fumbles the package in the middle of the road as a truck is rapidly bearing down. Haru manages to scoop the cat away to safety. To her amazement, the cat then gets up on its hind legs, brushes itself off, and thanks her very politely.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended ages 11 to adultPrincess Mononokeis a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke the box office record on its original release in Japan. While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended ages 9 to adultHayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award®-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Awaycemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended ages 8 to adultThis unsung treasure from Hayao Miyazaki is a tribute to early aviation and the reckless flyboys whose home was the open sky. The film follows the life of Marco, a world-weary flying ace-turned bounty hunter who plies his trade above the waters of the Adriatic. Marco meets his polar opposite in the innocent and energetic 17-year-old Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and the two are catapulted into an airborne adventure pursued by air pirates, the Italian army, and an egotistical American flying ace. Miyazaki fans will be familiar with the writer/director’s fascination with flight; in this film, Miyazaki indulges his passion to the fullest. An avid aviation buff, Miyazaki’s airplane designs conform scrupulously to the technology of the period. But most impressive are the exhilarating aerial scenes: sweeping panoramas of wind, cloud, smoke and water and the breathtaking feeling of soaring though the air in an open cockpitFor show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended ages 8 to adultThe debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä is considered by many to be his masterwork – and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaäis the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended ages 9 to adultShizuku is spending her last summer vacation before high school reading and translating foreign music into Japanese. Perusing the eclectic selection of books she has checked out from the library, her curiousity is piqued when she notices that the name Seiji appears before hers on the checkout card of each one. Through a series of curious and magical incidents, she comes to meet and establishes a connection to Seiji – who has dreams of becoming a famous violinmaker in Italy, while she has aspirations of becoming a writer. As their life goals pull them in different directions, Shizuku and Seiji are determined to remain true to their feelings for one another.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended all agesPerfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyocenters on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder – but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended ages 10 to adultRarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Wavesis a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended ages 8 to adultSophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. But after this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
Recommended all agesOne of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totorois a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the treetops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus–a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat.For show times and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!