Japanese Animation Festival at Amherst Cinema

Miyazaki Film Festival

Hayao Miyazaki holds a special place in the hearts of lovers of animated films – his hand-drawn animations combine realistic-looking landscapes with expressive imaginary creatures and human characters whose movements have an almost balletic quality to them.  Miyzaki is the creator of classic films such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and the more recent Ponyo, and his films have become legendary amongst film lovers both Japanese and American.

Amherst Cinema celebrates Miyazaki’s storytelling genius and artistic talent this spring with a series of screenings of the original Japanese versions of some of the filmmaker’s most loved films.  Screenings will take place twice weekly through April 10th, with a new film being shown each week (each film is shown twice).  Catch a showing on either a Sunday afternoon at 2pm, or on a Wednesday evening at 7pm.  Dates and films of screenings are:

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, March 3rd and 6th
  • Castle in the Sky, March 10th and 13th
  • My Neighbor Totoro, March 17th and 20th
  • Princess Mononoke, March 24th and 27th
  • Spirited Away, March 31st and April 3rd
  • Howl’s Moving Castle, April 7th and 10th

Can’t get enough Miyazaki?  You’re in luck!  A new film, titled From up on Poppy Hill, will be released soon and Amherst Cinema will offer it for a full run during May (release date TBA).  For more information, call the cinema at 413-253-2547 or visit amherstcinema.org.

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