Japan, 1988, 86 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Rated G, Japanese with English subtitles, GKIDS

My Neighbor Totoro

Sunday, 6/3

"Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

One of the most endearing films ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro, celebrating a 30th anniversary this year, is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside while he cares for their ailing mother. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. But beneath the film’s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, My Neighbor Totoro is infused with an almost spiritual reverence for the power of nature. Like Satsuki and Mei, audiences are left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world around us. This film is suitable for ages 5+

For over three decades, Studio Ghibli has transported audiences across the globe to magical realms filled with fantastic creatures and awe-inspiring sights. Led by co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the Japanese studio has garnered numerous awards, set box office records, and touched the hearts of children and adults alike. Join us for a two-week celebration as we present, in partnership with GKIDS, all 22 films (and one short!) in the Complete Studio Ghibli.

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