As many of you already know I am a HUGE fan of the works and films of Studio Ghibli. That said, I wanted to let all you Dallas area film fans with a fondness for the works of Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and the gifted story tellers from Studio Ghibli know about a 2 day event sponsored by the USA Film Festival. This weekend on January 21st and 22nd, The Angelika Film Center will be hosting 11 of the studio’s most famous and popular films in all new 35MM prints. (FYI, all films will be show in English except for Castle in the Sky)
The Angelika will be showing: My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Whisper of the Heart, Pom Poko, Spirited Away, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, The Cat Returns, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
Now those of you keeping track might be saying, “Marc, you only listed 10 films.” Well there’s a reason for that. One thing making a 2 day this two day event even more exciting is that the festival is going to show a Ghibli film that hasn’t been released yet!! The Secret World of Arrietty was officially released in Japan on July 17th 2010 but it has taken nearly 2 years to hit the US. Arrietty will be released in theaters on February 17th but by attending the screening at this “Tribute to Studio Ghibli” you can see it a few weeks earlier. Have a look at the banner below to see the dates and times of the above mentioned features…
Click the image above to see larger version and the show dates/times
Tickets are only $5 and are available by contacting the Festival office at 214. 821.6300 or at the box office of the Angelika. (Note: tickets purchased at the door are for that day’s showings only.)
No matter which film you see, either the ones above or the other hits from the Ghibli library Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, Tales From Earthsea, My Neighbors the Yamadas (and ones for a slightly older crowd Grave of the Fireflies and Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro) it’s a great way to introduce children to the magic of Studio Ghibli and will be fun for the whole family. Anyone in the are going to try and make any of these showings??