New York, NY – GKIDS is bringing its 25-year retrospective of animated films from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli back to the IFC Center in New York from Friday, November 16 to Thursday, December 20. The retrospective returns to NYC for an encore appearance following a year of extremely successful appearances across North America. The retrospective premiered in December 2011 at the IFC Center, where it broke box office records and became the most successful series to ever play the venue.
Fifteen Studio Ghibli feature films produced between 1984 and 2009 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, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Films will be shown in both the subtitled and English dubbed versions. The retrospective will also include week-long theatrical runs of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind beginning on November 16, and Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service beginning on November 23. (See below for a complete list of titles.)
In September 2011, GKIDS entered into agreement with Studio Ghibli to handle North American theatrical distribution for their library of animated features. In August 2012 GKIDS a license agreement to release Studio Ghibli’s newest film, From Up on Poppy Hill, including theatrical, non-theatrical, home video and television rights. The film will be released on March 15, 2013, following a qualifying run this year for the upcoming Best Animated Feature Oscar and the Annie Awards. From Up on Poppy Hill was directed by Goro Miyazaki from a screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki and was the top-grossing Japanese film of 2011.
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature of 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of "the most influential people" by TIME Magazine.