New York Int'l Children's Film Festival Presents: Ponyo Special Pre-Release Screening

Jul 29th 2009
From Academy Award® Winning Animation Master
HAYAO MIYAZAKI

“Wondrous! Teeming with imagination! Ponyo possesses an almost demonic
childish energy and delight in form!” – Variety

“A superb work of fantasy that transcends age barriers!” – The Hollywood Reporter

“There aren't enough superlatives to adequately describe Hayao Miyazaki's latest masterpiece,
a delightfully sweet, extraordinarily imaginative children's fantasy!” – Premiere

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 3:00PM
SYMPHONY SPACE (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT:
www.gkids.com - 212-349-0330
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New York, NY, July 21, 2009 –New York Int'l Children's Film Festival is absolutely thrilled to announce the most anticipated event of the summer: the Special Pre-Release Screening of Ponyo, the latest tour de force from animation master Hayao Miyazaki and his Academy Award® winning Studio Ghibli. Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo is a return to the innocent pleasures of My Neighbor Totoro, with dazzling and entirely hand-drawn visuals that start simply and build into fluid, cascading symphonies of color. Event takes place Sunday, August 9 at Symphony Space. Tickets available at www.gkids.com and 212-349-0330.

NYICFF director Eric Beckman said, “We are delighted to give East Coast audiences the first look at Ponyo. The movie is brimming with visual splendor and showcases Miyazaki's unparalleled warmth and humanity. To get to the ocean's surface to be with the boy she loves, the magical little goldfish Ponyo hides within diaphanous jellyfish and rides shape-shifting spirit-fish that erupt in a tsunami of waves—unleashing a Cambrian-like explosion of undersea life that is simply wondrous to behold. Miyazaki's new film is graphically stunning, wildly imaginative, and emotional resonant—a beautiful, heartfelt story of friendship and devotion.”

PONYO
Animation, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2008/9, 101 min
NYICFF is absolutely thrilled to present the most anticipated event of the summer: the latest tour de force from animation master Hayao Miyazaki and his Academy Award® winning Studio Ghibli. Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo is a return to the innocent pleasures of My Neighbor Totoro, with dazzling and entirely hand-drawn visuals that start simply and build into fluid, cascading symphonies of color. The story centers on the loving relationship between Sosuke, a five-year-old boy and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the rambunctious young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder—but it is the tender warmth, humor, and devotion of Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film. In English - Featuring the voices of Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas.

PONYO - Special Pre-Release Screening
Sunday, August 9, 3:00pm – Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)
Tickets $15 all seats – $10 for NYICFF members – Recommended all ages
www.gkids.com 212-349-0330

Miyazaki and NYICFF
New York Int'l Children's Film Festival has a long history with Studio Ghibli and has been instrumental in introducing Hayao Miyazaki's works to US audiences. NYICFF presented Kiki's Delivery Service in 1999, the US Premiere of Castle in the Sky in 2000, the US Premiere of Porco Rosso in 2004, the US Premiere of The Cat Returns in 2005, and the English language theatrical premieres of My Neighbor Totoro and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds in 2006. Widely recognized as one of the greatest living animators and filmmakers, the world-renowned Hayao Miyazaki is co-founder of Studio Ghibli. Miyzaki won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature in 2003 for Spirited Away and has written, animated and directed such epic masterpieces as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds, Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle (nominated for an Oscar in 2006).

About NYICFF:
New York Int'l Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) is North America's the largest film festival for children and teens and stands at the forefront of a movement to define a new more provocative and relevant film for kids. Each year the festival programs the best new animation, live action and experimental film from around the world, with filmmaker Q&As, hands-on production workshops, red-carpet premieres, audience voting, and the NYICFF Awards. The Festival jury includes John Turturro (Quiz Show), Matthew Modine (Birdy), Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), director Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting), filmmaker James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain, Milk), filmmaker Christine Vachon (I'm Not There, Boys Don't Cry), Evan Shapiro, President of Sundance Channel and New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik.

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212-349-0330

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