STUDIO GHIBLI FESTIVAL
Wednesday, June 29 through Thursday, September 1
Village East Cinema – 181-189 2nd Avenue at 12th Street
Village East Cinema presents ten films from the legendary Studio Ghibli.
Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. and every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. from June 29 through September 1, Village East Cinema will feature some of the greatest and most influential films of all time from the celebrated Japanese animation company. The 11:00 a.m. screenings are English-dubbed versions, while the 7:00 p.m. screening are in Japanese with English subtitles.
Praised for their originality, stunning animation, and ambitious storytelling, the films are a beloved part of Japanese culture and have received worldwide acclaim from both audiences and critics.
Wednesday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Nausicaa, the debut film from Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki, tells the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, who’s love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, there is no good or evil, but rather conflicting viewpoints, weaknesses, and power struggles. In what many consider to be his masterwork, Miyazaki’s animation is awe-inspiring, and the film is not to be missed.
Castle in the Sky
Wednesday, July 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Castle in the Sky tells the story of a young girl whose 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, the site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. Castle in the Sky is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking with an incredibly imaginative and ornately detailed vision.
My Neighbor Totoro
Wednesday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.
One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls who move 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 his own childhood imaginings, Hayao Miyazaki directs this superbly animated children’s tale about humankind’s relationship with the Earth.
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Wednesday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Kiki’s Delivery Service is the beloved story of Kiki, a resourceful young witch who sets out on a yearlong apprenticeship with her chatty black cat in tow. Landing in a seaside village, she uses her broom and her flying ability to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight and the ability to talk to her cat in a moment of self-doubt. This imaginative film is a beautiful, timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.
Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Princess Mononoke is 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 who is waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. The girl Mononoke is a force of nature: With blood-smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, doing battle with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.
Wednesday, August 3 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m.
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.
Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chihiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax, and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters — shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so — and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.
Howl’s Moving Castle
Wednesday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.
Sophie, 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. Howl’s Moving Castle was the second Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.
Tales from Earthsea
Wednesday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m.
In the land of Earthsea, crops are dwindling, dragons have reappeared, and humanity is giving way to chaos. Tales from Earthsea follows Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a master wizard, and Arren, a troubled young prince, on a tale of redemption and self-discovery as they search for the force behind the mysterious imbalance that threatens to destroy the world. This charming animated film was directed by Miyazaki’s son Goro.
Wednesday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers 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.
From Up On Poppy Hill
Wednesday, August 31 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m.
From Up On Poppy Hill is a uniquely inspired coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki. Set in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on the budding romance of Umi and Shun as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. The top-grossing Japanese film of 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation, From Up On Poppy Hill captures the innocence of new love and the beauty of Yokohama’s harbor and lush surroundings with its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling cityscapes and painterly detail.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Village East Cinema’s website.