Studio Ghibli retrospective slated for U.S.

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

GKIDS, a U.S. distributor specializing in art-house and family-oriented entertainment, will offer a retrospective of works from Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli Inc. for the 2011-12 winter season, the distributor said.

“The Studio Ghibli Collection: 1984-2002” will run at the IFC Center in New York from Dec. 16 to Jan. 12, showing both subtitled and English-dubbed versions in new prints, it said.

The program will cover early works such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Castle in the Sky.”

“Spirited Away,” which was a box-office success in the United States, as well as “Whisper of the Heart,” “Only Yesterday” and “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” will also be included.

Some of the titles will be making their U.S. premiere.

The IFC Center has a reputation for showing the best and brightest independent films.

GKIDS has accumulated expertise in distributing high-quality films, especially animation.

Its previous works include Michel Ocelot’s “Azur & Asmar” and Tomm Moore’s “The Secret of Kells.”

The retrospective stems from an agreement reached between GKIDS and Studio Ghibli to distribute Ghibli’s animated features in North America.

GKIDS and the IFC Center intend to bring the program to other major cities in North America in the first half of 2012. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Toronto, Boston, Seattle and other cities are currently listed for the screening.

Other Ghibli films previously not released in the United States are also scheduled to be shown there in the latter half of 2012, according to the distributor.

Visit the official website of GKIDS at (gkids.com) and the IFC Center at (www.ifccenter.com).

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