Carolina Theatre to host exclusive North Carolina presentation of The Studio Ghibli Collection with six Hayao Miyazaki animated films in November

Durham, N.C. – The Carolina Theatre is pleased to present the North Carolina exclusive screenings of six titles from the Studio Ghibli Collection from November 2 to 8.  Founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli is one of the most influential and well-respected animation studios in the world, creating films known for their originality, dazzling animation and epic storytelling. The family-friendly series features new 35mm prints of popular films including the enchanting My Neighbor Totoro, Academy-Award winning Spirited Away, and Castle in the Sky, Other titles include Howl’s Moving Castle, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke. Both My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away are dubbed in English while the remaining titles will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. An All-Access pass is available for $45 and individual tickets are $9; both are available at the theatre box office located at 309 W. Morgan Street in downtown Durham.  Call 919.560.3030.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:0 p.m. More information is available at

(Hayao Miyazaki, 1986, 35mm, 124 min)
Fri, 11/2@2:00 pm | Sat, 11/2@4:20 pm | Sun, 11/4@9:30 pm
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. Castle in the Sky is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking whose imaginative and ornately detailed vision presaged later films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.
In Japanese with English Subtitles

(Hayao Miyazaki, 2004, 35mm, 114 min)
Sun, 11/4@2:20 pm | Mon, 11/5-Thu 11/8@9:35 pm 
Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl.  But after this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste.  Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Howl’s Moving Castle was the second Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.
In Japanese with English Subtitles

(Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, 35mm, 86 min)
Fri, 11/2@2:10 pm | Sat, 11/3@2:20 pm | Mon, 11/5 & Tue, 11/6@9:30 pm
One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside.  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.  Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus---a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat.  But beneath the film’s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, at its core My Neighbor Totoro is about human-kind’s relationship to the Earth.
Dubbed in English

(Hayao Miyazaki, 1984, 35mm, 116 min)
Fri, 11/2@4:30 pm | Sat, 11/3@12:00 pm | Sun, 11/4@4:30 pm
The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä is considered by many to be his masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph. Like most Studio Ghibli films, there is neither good nor evil, but conflicting viewpoints, weaknesses, and power struggles. Throughout the film, Miyazaki’s animation is awe-inspiring; the depiction of the poisoned forest in particular is a thing of transcendent beauty. This is a film not to be missed.
In Japanese with English Subtitles

(Hayao Miyazaki, 1997, 35mm, 134 min)
Fri, 11/2@4:15 pm | Sat, 11/3@7:00 pm | Mon, 11/5 & Tue 11/6@7:00 pm
Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke the box office record on its original release in Japan. While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who is waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. The girl Mononoke is a force of nature---with blood smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, doing battle with both gods and humans; she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.
In Japanese with English Subtitles

(Hayao Miyazaki, 2002, 35mm, 125 min)
Sat, 11/3@9:30 pm | Sun, 11/4@12:00 pm | Mon, 11/5 - Thu 11/8 @7:10 pm
Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters---shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so---and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.
Dubbed in English

The Studio Ghibli Collection of six classic animated films from director Hayao Miyazaki will be shown at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham from November 2 -8.  All-Access Passes are $45, individual tickets are $9 and are on sale now at the box office located at 309 W. Morgan Street.  Call 919.560.3030.  Box office hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 



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