Spotlight on Studio Ghibli

Once upon a time, three uniquely gifted filmmakers – Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki – dreamt of establishing a magical kingdom of imagination and storytelling, where legend and fantasy would be drawn into animated life. Thus, our heroes founded an internationally celebrated film studio. After more than thirty years, Studio Ghibli has established a reputation for its whimsical and universally affective animation and narrative style. Mami Sunada’s new documentary, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, delves into the personalities and passions behind the Studio’s acclaimed films, while Metro’s Spotlight affords you the opportunity to see for yourself how the Ghibli magic is manifested in two of its acclaimed films: Spirited Away and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

Double Feature Admission on back-to-back screening in Metro’s Spotlight on Studio Ghibli:

MAR 20 & 23: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness with Spirited Away

MAR 21 & 22: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness with The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Adults: $20 Evening Double Feature, $15 Matinee Double Feature

Students/Seniors/Children 12 & Under: $15 Evening Double Feature, $10 Matinee Double Feature

RFC: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

  • Mar 21 (2015) @ 2pm
  • Mar 22 (2015) @ 6:45pm

Studio Ghibli’s other anime master, Isao Takahata, bows out with a tender, joyful, and exquisitely crafted folk tale for all ages that will have a long echo, just like his 1000-year-old source.

Spirited Away

  • Mar 20 (2015) @ 9:15pm
  • Mar 23 (2015) @ 7pm

10-year-old Chihiro and her parents are heading for a new home in the provinces. An only child, Chihiro is preoccupied by a creeping sense of loneliness – until her family gets lost in a secluded woods and are transported to a strange other world where a new friend, a boy called Haku, arrives to help Chihiro survive the adventure and save her parents.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

  • Mar 20 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Mar 21 (2015) @ 4:30pm
  • Mar 22 & 23 (2015) @ 9:15pm

Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada gives us a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion, and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.

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