Studio Ghibli film retrospective coming to NYC

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Studio GhibliGKIDS, a dis­trib­u­tor of award-winning ani­ma­tion for both adults and fam­ily audi­ences, is bring­ing a com­plete ret­ro­spec­tive of films from Japan’s renowned Stu­dio Ghi­bli to the IFC Cen­ter in New York from Fri­day, Decem­ber 16 to Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 12.

The run will include United States pre­miere the­atri­cal engage­ments for sev­eral titles.

All 15 Stu­dio Ghi­bli fea­ture films pro­duced between 1984 and 2008 will be pre­sented, includ­ing Hayao Miyazaki’s Acad­emy Award-winning Spir­ited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neigh­bor Totoro, Nau­si­caä of the Val­ley of the Wind, Cas­tle in the Sky, Ponyo, Howl’s Mov­ing Cas­tle and Kiki’s Deliv­ery Ser­vice. Films will be shown in both the sub­ti­tled and English-dubbed versions.

GKIDS recently entered into agree­ment with Stu­dio Ghi­bli to han­dle North Amer­i­can the­atri­cal dis­tri­b­u­tion for its library of ani­mated fea­tures. As the first engage­ments announced under the agree­ment, the New York Film Fes­ti­val pre­sented a 25-year anniver­sary screen­ing of Cas­tle in the Sky and 10-year anniver­sary screen­ings of Spir­ited Away. LA County Museum of Art and Film Inde­pen­dent will present these same anniver­sary titles in a spe­cial pre­view screen­ing Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 26.

Fol­low­ing the IFC Cen­ter engage­ment, the ret­ro­spec­tive will tour major U.S. and Cana­dian mar­kets, includ­ing Los Ange­les, Chicago, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Toronto, Boston, San Fran­cisco, and Seat­tle, through­out the first half of 2012. GKIDS is also plan­ning lim­ited releases of select Stu­dio Ghi­bli titles, many of which have never been released the­atri­cally in the U.S., begin­ning late 2012.

Said GKIDS pres­i­dent Eric Beck­man: “I am both excited and deeply hon­ored to be work­ing with Stu­dio Ghi­bli to bring this amaz­ing slate of films to the­aters across North Amer­ica. I am in con­tin­ual awe of the bril­liance of the ani­ma­tion, the depth and human­ity of the sto­ry­telling, and of the film­mak­ers’ under­stand­ing that even the youngest audi­ences are capa­ble of appre­ci­at­ing all the sub­tlety and nuance that cin­ema has to offer. As Miyazaki has said, ‘Chil­dren under­stand the com­plex­ity and uncer­tainty of things almost with their skin. They can­not be underestimated.’”

The Stu­dio Ghi­bli agree­ment fur­ther solid­i­fies GKIDS posi­tion as a home for award-winning ani­ma­tion. GKIDS began as a spin-off of the New York Inter­na­tional Children’s Film Fes­ti­val and found early suc­cess, secur­ing a Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Oscar nom­i­na­tion for The Secret of Kells in 2010.

GKIDS has two films com­pet­ing in the ani­mated fea­ture cat­e­gory for the upcom­ing Acad­emy Awards: Euro­pean Film Award nom­i­nee A Cat in Paris and Oscar win­ner Fer­nando Trueba’s Chico & Rita, also an EFA nom­i­nee. Chico & Rita is being released under GKIDS’ newly formed LumaFilms ban­ner due to the adult sub­ject mat­ter of the film.

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