TAKAHATA’S STUDIO GHIBLI

Encore screenings added for GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES and ONLY YESTERDAY 4/21 – 4/26!

Since its inception in 1985, Studio Ghibli has served as a creative springboard for many of today’s greatest animators. Among those gifted few is Isao Takahata, a co-founder of the influential studio, whose thematic proclivities range from ecological to romantic, savage warfare to shape shifting raccoon dogs. Throughout his illustrious, varied career, Takahata has repeatedly proven to be unbound by convention or expectations. At all costs, he makes the films he wants to make.

To showcase and support Takahata’s fierce independence, we’ll be hosting screenings of four of his strongest achievements, including Only Yesterday, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbors the Yamadas, and Pom Poko. See below for more information on this special retrospective.

Note: all titles will be screened with subtitles. No dubbing here.

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Grave of the Fireflies

Plays from 8th – 13th.

Written and directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES is considered a masterpiece and a landmark in animation. Roger Ebert has called it “an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.”

(Directed by Isao Takahata, 89 minutes, Japan, 1988)

DCP for Big Roxie shows, Digital HD for Little Roxie shows.

Showtimes:

Friday, April 8th, 6:30 PM (Big Roxie)

Sunday, April 10th, 7:00 PM (Little Roxie)

Tuesday, April 12th, 7:00 PM (Little Roxie)

Wednesday, April 13th, 7:00 PM (Little Roxie)

ENCORE SCREENINGS

Sunday, April 24, 2:45 PM (Little Roxie)

Tuesday, April 26 at 9:15 PM (Little Roxie)

 


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My Neighbors the Yamadas

Plays from April 8th – 13th.

In a break from the frequently mythical storytelling of Studio Ghibli, director Isao Takahata wryly tweaks the everyday activities of family life with his depiction of the irresponsible, slovenly, and lazy Yamada family and their unassuming way of life. With cartoon-like characters and visual design unlike anything else in the Ghibli canon, the film is illustrated in a series of rough sketches and outlines, which are then filled with soft colors that evoke watercolor painting.

(Directed by Isao Takahata, 104 minutes, Japan, 1999)

35mm for Big Roxie shows, Digital HD for Little Roxie shows.

Showtimes:

Friday, April 8th, 6:30 PM (Little Roxie)

Monday, April 11th, 9:00 PM (Big Roxie)

Wednesday, April 13th, 7:00 PM (Big Roxie)


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Pom Poko

Plays from April 9th – 11th.

In this brilliant and often overlooked Studio Ghibli masterpiece, the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard raccoon form to practically any object.

(Directed by Isao Takahata, 119 minutes, Japan, 1994)

35mm for Big Roxie shows, Digital HD for Little Roxie shows.

Showtimes:

Saturday, April 9th, 2:30 PM (Big Roxie)

Sunday, April 10th, 7:00 PM (Little Roxie)

Monday, April 11, 7:00 PM (Little Roxie)


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Only Yesterday

Plays from April 9th – 14th.

Directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a double period piece that beautifully evokes both the 1960s and 1980s, and the quintessential drama of Japanese school-day nostalgia. Studio Ghibli is known for its female heroines, from Princesses Nausicaa and Mononoke, to Kiki, to Ponyo – but with Only Yesterday they delve deeper into the real emotional experiences of girls/women than perhaps any animated film before or since. Studio Ghibli.

(Directed by Isao Takahata, 118 minutes, Japan, 1991)

DCP for Big Roxie shows, Digital HD for Little Roxie shows.

Showtimes:

Saturday, April 9th, 7:00 PM (Little Roxie)

Wednesday, April 13th, 9:30 PM (Big Roxie)

Thursday, April 14th, 7:00 PM (Little Roxie)

ENCORE SCREENINGS

Thursday, April 21, 9:15 PM (Big Roxie)

Saturday, April 23, 2:45 PM (Little Roxie)