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Castles in the Sky: Masterful Anime from Studio Ghibli

Sunday, July 21, 2013
4:30 p.m. Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 2001)

Recommended for ages 8 and up


Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, 2003

A masterpiece, pure and simple. Dave Kehr, New York Times

(Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi). Ever the nostalgic fabulist, Miyazaki builds a passage between modern, everyday Japanese life and the half-remembered realms of spirits and folklore in this compelling adventure, winner of numerous international prizes including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. En route to their new suburban home, ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon an abandoned theme park that turns out to be a true magic kingdom. When Mom and Dad undergo a terrible transformation, Chihiro's only chance to save them, and herself, is to become a servant in a bathhouse frequented by millions of gods. Chihiro adapts by trial and error to the rules and culture of a place where little is what it initially seems. As always, Miyazaki makes this fantastic world feel utterly real, populating it with complex, mutable characters, precisely calibrating visual details, and infusing an allegorical yet organic plot with nuanced emotion.

—Juliet Clark

• Written by Miyazaki. Voices by Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naito. (125 mins, In Japanese with English subtitles, Color, 35mm)