The Civic is pleased to celebrate this year’s Earth Day with a small sampling of the major retrospective mounted by The New York International Children’s Film Festival of the films of Studio Ghibli, the world-renowned anime studio founded by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki.
We will be screening new 35mm prints, struck expressly for this touring retrospective, of Castle in the Sky and Ponyo.
April 20, 4pm – Ponyo
Miyazaki’s strange and beguiling fantasy film about a sea spirit – it’s an unforgettable eco fable about the terrible power of the sea, but illustrated with such beauty and imagination it transports us entirely into another world. Rated G, this is suitable for children of all ages.
April 20, 6:45pm – Castle in the Sky
“As exhilarating an eco fantasy as you’re likely to see … Miyazaki’s first Studio Ghibli feature is a rollicking adventure in a world (or worlds) resolutely its own” (Time Out). Sheeta, a young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant, falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of Pazu, a young mining engineer. Together they search for legendary Laputa, a floating island in the sky — and site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. “Castle in the Sky may be Miyazaki’s most purely enjoyable movie” (Film Comment).