Beautiful films coming in April

Still image from Hayao Miyazaki's "Ponyo"

From The New York International Children’s Film Festival come two beautiful films for kids just in time for Earth Day. The Civic’s April Film Weekend is April 18 – 20.

Frequently referred to as the Disney of Japan, the films of Studio Ghibli are known for startlingly original animation that combines dazzling visual virtuosity, vivid characterizations, and epic storytelling. These warm, intelligent, poetic films  borrow from fairytale, folklore, and science fiction, grounded in a deeply-felt humanism that embraces family, community  and in a deep concern for the environment and our relationship with nature.

We’re thrilled to be screening new 35mm prints of two beautiful films by Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, Castle in the Sky and Ponyo.

Castle in the Sky is “As exhilarating an eco-fantasy as you’re likely to see” (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.

Ponyo, Miyazaki’s strange and beguiling fantasy film about a sea spirit is 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.

We’re working on some films for adults, too, for our April movie weekend–watch for details.

BE SURE TO CATCH THE DECONSTRUCTING DINNER FESTIVAL APRIL 4 – 6! See our “events and showings” link for more.

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