New York Int'l Children's Film Festival Presents Weekends at IFC Center - Playing This Weekend: Spirited Away

Don't miss this rare big-screen presentation of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award-winning masterpiece.

"Prepare to be astonished" - LA Times
"Epic and marvelous!" - NY Times
"One of the year's best films!" - Roger Ebert

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Japan, Hayao Miyazaki, 2002, 124 min
In English - Recommended Ages 8 to adult

Sat & Sun May 1, 2, 8, 9 - 11am - IFC Center (323 Sixth Ave 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!

Comment: Some of the characters may be scary for younger children.

France, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, 2008, 92 min
In French with English subtitles - Recommended Ages 7 to adult

Sat & Sun May 15, 16, 22, 23 - 11am - IFC Center (323 Sixth Ave at West Third)

Created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, the gorgeous second feature from French animator Jacques-Remy Girard is a work of art, breathtaking to behold. Figures are outlined in pencil and then bathed in rustic watercolors, for a stunning, handcrafted look with backgrounds that burst at the seams with painterly detail, like a Miyazaki film painted by Van Gogh.

One night Mia has a premonition. So she bids goodbye to her elderly aunt caretakers and, with lucky trinkets in hand, sets out on a cross-continent journey through cities, mountains and jungles 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, almost bumbling 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.

Ireland, Tomm Moore, 2009, 75 min
In English - recommended ages 6 to adult

Now playing:
86 Street West Cinemas (3rd Ave & 86th Street)

Starts next week:
Village East Cinemas (2nd Ave and 12th Street)

"Dazzling! A magical adventure unlike anything we have seen before. This beautifully drawn film will resonate with all ages - with an involving story and appropriate message for the youngest audiences and striking imagery to captivate those far older." - Claudia Puig, USA Today

"Critics Pick! Extraordinary!" - AO Scott, New York Times

"Its lavish, ravishing animation is a rare form of cinematic beauty! - Washington Post

"A hand-drawn medieval adventure that seeks and finds cosmic connections." - Boston Globe

"Stunning! Evokes the rapturous, gaudy abandon of Klimt. Flowery meadows, wafting dandelion clocks, packs of baying wolves-all are grist for the film's palette of beauty." - Village Voice

Comment: Viking attacks and mythic monsters may be scary for younger children.

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