Film Festival: Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli (Chicago)

We’re a little late on this, but there’s still a whole month of Ghibli films to enjoy at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago!

“Charm as innocent, vibrant and entertaining as this cannot be constructed electronically; it lives and breathes in the spirit of its creators.” —Angus Wolfe Murray,

From June 8 through August 2, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents “Castles in the Sky,” a tribute to Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli, screening fifteen animated features showcasing the work of founding directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and founding producer Toshio Suzuki. Creator of some of the most beloved animated films of all time, Studio Ghibli conjures up the magic that has captured the hearts of fans around the world of all ages through films including CASTLE IN THE SKY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, and SPIRITED AWAY.

Trademarks of the Studio Ghibli film include breathtaking visual style, characterizations often derived from Manga (Japanese comic books), a concern for the environment and the interrelationship of mankind and nature, and a deeply affecting, expansive view of family and community. Studio Ghibli continues to create films through the labor-intensive technique of cell animation, requiring thousands of hours by artist/technicians to draw each frame. Directors Miyazaki and Takahata have each developed a unique style, which may be savored through the range of work in this series

All but two films screen in new 35mm prints, and two titles, ONLY YESTERDAY and THE OCEAN WAVES, have never been released in North America. Where available, and as noted below, we offer the option of seeing films in the original Japanese-language version with English subtitles (indicated in the listings below), or in the English-language version with voices by major stars.

The Gene Siskel Film Center thanks Dave Jesteadt and GKids for assistance in making this series possible.
—Barbara Scharres

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