NYICFF Presents Spirited Away at IFC Center

Apr 30th 2010

NEW YORK INT'L CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES “WEEKENDS@IFC” 11:00 AM EVERY SAT & SUN - AT IFC CENTER

YEAR-ROUND FILM PROGRAM CONTINUES WITH “SPIRITED AWAYHAYAO MIYAZAKI'S ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING MASTERPIECE SAT & SUN, MAY 1, 2, 8, 9

“MIA & THE MIGOO” WINNER “BEST ANIMATED FEATURE” - EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS SAT & SUN, MAY 15, 16, 22, 23

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IFC Center – 323 Avenue of the Americas at 3rd St.

Spirited Away – Academy Award® Winner “Best Animated Feature”
Japan, Animated, Hayao Miyazaki, 2002, 124 min
In English - Recommended Ages 8 to adult
Sat & Sun, May 1, 2, 8, 9, 11:00 am - IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West Third )

NYICFF presents a rare engagement of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award®-winning masterpiece, Spirited Away, the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers. 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. An absolutely remarkable film!

Mia & the Migoo – European Film Award® Winner “Best Animated Feature”
France, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, 2008, 92 min
Recommended Ages - 7 to Adult (Subtitled)
Sat & Sun, May 15, 16, 22, 23, 11:00 am - IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West Third)

This year's Best Animated Feature winner at the European Film Awards is a sumptuously animated eco-adventure created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation. The film pits a plucky, wild haired young heroine, Mia, against profit-hungry developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance. One night Mia has a premonition. So she bids goodbye to her elderly aunt caretakers and sets out on a cross-continent journey to find her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a disaster-plagued construction site on a remote tropical lake. In the middle of the lake stands the ancient, gnarled Tree of Life, watched over by stone-like forest spirits, called Migoo — innocent but dangerous creatures who can grow and change shape as they please, morphing from small childlike beings to petulant giants. It is the Migoo who have been sabotaging the construction to protect this sacred site — and now together with Mia, they join in a fight to find Mia's father and save the Tree from destruction.

ABOUT NYICFF:
Founded in 1997, NYICFF is the country's largest festival of film for children and stands at the forefront of a movement to define a new, more compelling and provocative “film for kids.” The NYICFF jury includes Frances McDormand, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Modine, Uma Thurman, John Turturro, James Schamus and Gus Van Sant. Programs are organized by age group, with screenings available for all ages from tots to teens. In addition to the annual March film festival, NYICFF produces year round programming, film production workshops for children, operates a streaming online festival with over 200 short films available commercial free, and distributes a “Best of NYICFF” tour in theaters nationwide. In recognition of its efforts, NYICFF has been twice honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, while NY State Council on the Arts named NYICFF "a model for youth programming in New York State."

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