Several of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces are marking milestone anniversaries this year, and along with other Studio Ghibli films they are coming back on the big screen where they belong for a third straight year of Studio Ghibli Fest.
It kicked off in April, when Howl’s Moving Castle celebrated its 15th anniversary. Then, in May, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind marked its 35th. Early July saw the charming romance drama Whisper of the Heart get its due, and late July delivered 30th anniversary screenings of Kiki’s Delivery Service.
My Neighbor Totoro is up next, with English-dubbed screenings Aug. 25 and 28 and the original Japanese with English subtitles on Aug. 26. The film is an internationally recognized and iconic family favorite that deals with siblings and their encounters with friendly forest spirits in rural postwar Japan during their mother’s illness.
The rest of the Studio Ghibli Fest 2019 lineup:
- Sept. 29-30: The Secret World of Arrietty adapts the beloved Borrowers stories.
- Oct. 27, 28 and 30: Spirited Away, an Academy Award winner, has an English version that includes performances from Suzanne Pleshette, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers and Michael Chiklis.
- Nov. 17, 18 and 20: Princess Mononoke is an epic 1997 tale of wild gods and nature spirits clashing with the iron fist of human ingenuity in feudal Japan. Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Minnie Driver, Gillian Anderson, Billy Bob Thornton and Keith David are among the amazing English voice cast.
- Dec. 16 and 18: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a 2013 adaptation of the folk tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and was director Isao Takahata’s final film.
Tickets for Studio Ghibli Fest films are available from Fathom Events.