Detroit Film Theatre


SATURDAY ANIMATION CLUB: SPIRITED AWAY

Saturday, August 31, 2013

3:00 PM– 5:05 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Japan/2002—directed by Hayao Miyazaki)

Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chihiro 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. 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 and a generation of new filmmakers. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-inspired whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling. As a viewing experience for audiences of all ages, it remains an enthralling, timeless experience. English language version. (125 min.)

“A masterpiece, pure and simple.” –Dave Kehr, The New York Times

“Spectacularly inventive.” –Jane Horowitz, The Washington Post

“As funny and entertaining as it is brilliant, beautiful and deep.” –Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

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