It’s going to be a magical summer in KINO. This summer we’re screening no less than sixteen films from the visionary and dizzyingly original Japanese animation giant, Studio Ghibli. While their mother recovers from an illness, Satsuki and her little sister Mei get away from it all in an idyllic rural retreat. Far from the bustle of the city, they discover a mysterious place of spirits and magic, and the friendship of the Totoro woodland creatures.
For over thirty years their animated features have been capturing the hearts and minds of viewers all over the world and now that its founder Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement last year and co-founder Isao Takahata sadly passed away last April, it’s seems a fitting moment in time to appreciate their extensive body of work on the big screen.
The Ghibli films have a great range in subject matter and even genre, but certain themes return time and again in these animated stories; strong female leads, magical transformative creatures and the ever perpetuating desire to take to the skies and fly. But whichever Ghibli film you encounter, the love for the craft of hand drawn animation and the creation of fantastically immersive worlds shines through in every frame of their work, commanding the viewers inner child to take over.
We are very proud to present these special films, some titles for the first time, on the big screen. This retrospective was realized together with LAB111, an Amsterdam based cinema we often partner with for our classic and special programming.
All films will be presented in original Japanese language with English subtitles. Scroll down for all the titles!