GKIDS, 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.