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Stu­dio Ghibli

GKIDS, a dis­trib­u­tor of award-winning ani­ma­tion for both adults and fam­ily audi­ences, is bring­ing a 20-year ret­ro­spec­tive of films from Japan’s renowned Stu­dio Ghi­bli to Los Angeles.

Pre­sented by Amer­i­can Cin­e­math­eque, the films will play at the Egypt­ian and Aero The­atres in Los Ange­les from Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 26 to Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 12.

Four­teen 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, Howl’s Mov­ing Cas­tle and Kiki’s Deliv­ery Ser­vice. Films will be shown in either the sub­ti­tled or English-dubbed versions.

The Los Ange­les run fol­lows an enor­mously suc­cess­ful debut for the ret­ro­spec­tive at New York’s IFC Cen­ter. The event opened at IFC on Decem­ber 16, gross­ing $32,500 week one, $33,700 week two and $56,700 week three. The event helped IFC set sev­eral single-day records for the com­plex (includ­ing biggest Mon­day, biggest Wednes­day and biggest Thurs­day) and con­tributed to the second-busiest period since the the­ater opened.

GKIDS recently entered into agree­ment with Stu­dio Ghi­bli to han­dle North Amer­i­can the­atri­cal dis­tri­b­u­tion for its library of ani­mated fea­tures. Fol­low­ing the Los Ange­les engage­ment, the ret­ro­spec­tive will tour to major North Amer­i­can mar­kets, includ­ing Chicago, Wash­ing­ton, Toronto, Boston, San Fran­cisco and Seat­tle, through­out 2012. GKIDS is also plan­ning lim­ited releases of select Stu­dio Ghi­bli titles, many of which have never been released the­atri­cally in the United States, begin­ning late this year.

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,” said GKIDS pres­i­dent Eric Beck­man. “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. The response from audi­ences in New York was absolutely phe­nom­e­nal, and we look for­ward to shar­ing these won­der­ful films with Los Angeles-area moviegoers.”

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