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PR: GKIDS Announces Schedule for Studio Ghibli Theatrical Run from Dec 16, 2011 - Jan 12, 2012; Tickets Now On Sale

GKIDS BRINGS COMPLETE STUDIO GHIBLI
FILM RETROSPECTIVE TO IFC CENTER

15 TITLES FROM 1984 TO 2009 INCLUDING
HAYAO MIYAZAKI AND ISAO TAKAHATA MASTERPIECES
“SPIRITED AWAY” “PRINCESS MONONOKE” “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO”
“CASTLE IN THE SKY” “NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND”
***NEW 35MM PRINTS***

DEC 16 TO JAN 12
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

FULL SCHEDULE AND TICKETS AT WWW.GKIDS.TV/INTHEATERS

INCLUDES WEEK-LONG THEATRICAL ENGAGEMENTS OF
“PORCO ROSSO” (BEGINNING ON 12/23) AND
“POM POKO” (BEGINNING 1/6)

New York, New York – December 8, 2011 – GKIDS, a distributor of award winning animation for both adults and family audiences, is bringing a complete 25 year retrospective of films from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli to the IFC Center in New York from Friday, December 16 to Thursday, January 12. All fifteen feature films produced between 1984 and 2009 will be presented, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award® winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Films will be shown in both the subtitled and English dubbed versions, when available, with subtitled film playing evening screenings 6pm and later. Tickets for all films are now on sale at www.gkids.tv/intheaters (See below for a complete list of titles and schedule.)

The retrospective will include week-long theatrical runs of Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso, beginning on December 23, and Isao Takahata’s Pom Poko, beginning on January 6. The retrospective will also include US theatrical premieres for The Ocean Waves and Only Yesterday, which have rarely been screened outside Japan.

GKIDS recently entered into agreement with Studio Ghibli to handle North American theatrical distribution for their library of animated features. Following the IFC Center engagement, the retrospective will tour to major US and Canadian markets, including Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, and other cities, throughout 2012. GKIDS is also planning limited releases of select Studio Ghibli titles, many of which have never been released theatrically in the US, beginning late 2012.

The Studio Ghibli agreement further solidifies GKIDS position as a home for award-winning animation. GKIDS began as a spin-off of New York International Children’s Film Festival and found early success securing a Best Animated Feature Oscar® nomination for The Secret of Kells in 2010. GKIDS has two films competing in the animated feature category for the upcoming Academy Awards®, A Cat in Paris and Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba’s Chico & Rita, which won Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards. Chico & Rita is being released under GKIDS’ newly formed adult-skewing LumaFilms banner.

ABOUT STUDIO GHIBLI
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine.

ABOUT GKIDS
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences. Theatrical releases include Tomm Moore’s Oscar nominated The Secret of Kells, Michel Ocelot’s acclaimed Azur & Asmar, European Film Award Best Animated Feature winner Mia and the Migoo, Nina Paley’s multiple-award-winning Sita Sings the Blues, and Japan Academy Prize winner Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda. Upcoming GKIDS releases include 2011 Berlin official selection A Cat in Paris and Annecy winner Eleanor’s Secret. GKIDS is also producer of New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF is an Oscar®-qualifying event and jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Gus van Sant, Matthew Modine, James Schamus, Michel Ocelot, and Christine Vachon.


STUDIO GHIBLI FILMS – IFC CENTER – COMPLETE SCHEDULE

Friday Dec. 16 / Monday Dec. 19 / Thursday Dec. 22
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – 11:00am; 9:35pm*
My Neighbor Totoro – 1:10pm; 7:45pm*
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 3:00pm
Princess Mononoke – 5:05pm

Saturday Dec. 17 / Tuesday Dec. 20
Spirited Away – 10:40am; 9:50pm*
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – 1:00pm
My Neighbor Totoro – 3:15pm
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 5:05pm
Princess Mononoke – 7:15pm*

Sunday Dec. 18 / Wednesday Dec. 21
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 11:00am; 7:30pm*
Spirited Away – 12:55pm
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – 3:20pm
My Neighbor Totoro – 5:40pm
Princess Mononoke – 9:35pm*

Friday Dec. 23 / Monday Dec. 26
Spirited Away – 10:40am
Princess Mononoke – 1:00pm; 9:40pm*
Porco Rosso – 3:30pm; 7:45pm*
My Neighbors the Yamadas – 5:30pm

Saturday Dec. 24 / Tuesday Dec. 27
Princess Mononoke – 10:40am; 5:25pm
Porco Rosso – 1:10pm; 10:25pm*
Spirited Away – 3:00pm; 8:00pm*

Sunday Dec. 25
Porco Rosso – 10:40am; 2:55pm; 7:35pm*
Spirited Away – 12:30pm
Princess Mononoke – 4:55pm
My Neighbors the Yamadas – 9:35pm*

Wednesday Dec. 28
Porco Rosso – 10:40am; 2:55pm; 7:35pm*
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 10:40am
Spirited Away – 12:30pm
Howl’s Moving Castle – 12:40pm; 10:00pm
Castle in the Sky – 3:00pm*
Princess Mononoke – 4:55pm
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – 5:30pm
Whisper of the Heart – 7:50pm*
My Neighbors the Yamadas – 9:35pm*

Thursday Dec. 29
Spirited Away – 10:40am
Howl’s Moving Castle – 10:50am
Princess Mononoke – 1:00pm; 9:40pm*
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – 1:05pm; 7:10pm*
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 3:25pm
Porco Rosso – 3:30pm; 7:45pm*
Ocean Waves – 5:30pm*
My Neighbors the Yamadas – 5:30pm
Castle in the Sky – 9:30pm*

Friday Dec. 30 / Monday Jan. 2 / Thursday Jan. 5
Howl’s Moving Castle – 10:50am
My Neighbor Totoro – 11:00am; 6:35pm*; 9:55pm*
Ponyo – 12:45pm; 4:30pm
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – 1:05pm; 7:10pm*
The Cat Returns – 2:50pm
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 3:25pm
Ocean Waves – 5:30pm*; 8:25pm*
Castle in the Sky – 9:30pm*

Saturday Dec. 31 / Tuesday Jan. 3
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 10:40am; 7:55pm*
Ponyo – 10:40am
My Neighbor Totoro – 12:35pm; 3:50pm
Castle in the Sky – 12:40pm*
Ocean Waves – 2:20pm*
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind -3:10pm
Howl’s Moving Castle – 5:30pm
The Cat Returns – 5:40pm
Spirited Away – 7:20pm*
Princess Mononoke – 9:45pm*
Whisper of the Heart – 10:00pm*

Sunday Jan. 1 / Wednesday Jan. 4
Ponyo – 10:40am; 5:45pm
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 10:40am
The Cat Returns – 12:40pm; 4:05pm
Howl’s Moving Castle – 12:40pm; 10:00pm
My Neighbor Totoro – 2:15pm
Castle in the Sky – 3:00pm*
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – 5:30pm
Whisper of the Heart – 7:50pm*
Porco Rosso – 7:50pm*
Spirited Away – 9:45pm*

Friday Jan. 6 / Monday Jan. 9 / Thursday Jan. 12
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 10:40am
Pom Poko – 12:35pm; 7:45pm*
Castle In the Sky – 2:55pm*; 10:05pm*
Only Yesterday – 5:25pm*

Saturday Jan. 7 / Tuesday Jan. 10
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 10:40am
Spirited Away – 12:35pm; 10:10pm*
Pom Poko – 3:00pm
Princess Mononoke – 5:20pm
Only Yesterday – 7:55pm*

Sunday Jan. 8 / Wednesday Jan. 11
Spirited Away – 10:40am; 5:25pm; 10:15pm*
Pom Poko – 1:00pm
Kiki’s Delivery Service – 3:20pm
Castle in the Sky – 7:50pm*

*Shows marked with an asterisk are in Japanese with English subtitles. All other shows are in English-language versions.

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