Japan, 1986, 124 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Rated G, Japanese with English subtitles, GKIDS

Castle in the Sky

Saturday, 6/9 & Sunday, 6/10

"So full of color and life…[Castle in the Sky] is frequently astounding." – Richard Harrington, Washington Post

Studio Ghibli’s very first film, Castle in the Sky, is an imaginative and ornately detailed vision that mixes Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels with an environmentally-conscious theme that presaged later Miyazaki films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets.

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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