Canadian Theatrical News: Studio Ghibli Fest 2019

After skipping last year’s event, GKIDS  is back with Studio Ghibli Fest 2019. The series will highlight nine features from the acclaimed anime studio monthly, from April to November. Screened for a limited time at select Cineplex and Landmark locations, each film will be presented in both English and Japanese audio.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004; dir. Hayao Miyazaki) – Cineplex: April 7, 2019 (dub) / April 17, 2019 (sub), Landmark: April 17, 2019 (sub) / April 21, 2019 (dub)

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984; dir. Hayao Miyazaki) – Cineplex: May 20, 2019 (dub) / June 5, 2019 (sub), Landmark: June 2, 2019 (dub) / June 5, 2019 (sub)

The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is considered by many to be his masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.

Whisper of the Heart (1995; dir. Yoshifumi Kondō) – Cineplex: July 1, 2019 (dub) / July 10, 2019 (sub), Landmark: July 7, 2019 (dub) / July 10, 2019 (sub)

A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Challenged by Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on curious adventures beyond the boundaries of her imagination.

Based on a manga by Aoi Hiiragi, this was the first Ghibli feature not directed by the studio’s co-founders, though Miyazaki wrote the film’s script. It was the only film directed by Kondō before his passing in 1998.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989; dir. Hayao Miyazaki) – Cineplex: July 28, 2019 (dub) / August 7, 2019 (sub), Landmark: August 4, 2019 (dub) / August 7, 2019 (sub)

From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988; dir. Hayao Miyazaki) – Cineplex: August 25, 2019 (dub) / August 28, 2019 (sub), Landmark: August 25, 2019 (dub) / August 28, 2019 (sub)

One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoro’s, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus — a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat.

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010; dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi) – Cineplex: September 29, 2019 (dub) / October 2, 2019 (sub), Landmark: September 29, 2019 (dub) / October 2, 2019 (sub)

Discover the debut film from the Academy Award-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There) in this gorgeous adaption of The Borrowers, one of the most popular children’s books of all time.

In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure.

Spirited Away (2001; dir. Hayao Miyazaki) – Cineplex: October 27, 2019 (dub) / October 30, 2019 (sub), Landmark: October 27, 2019 (dub) / October 30, 2019 (sub)

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. 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.

Princess Mononoke (1997; dir. Hayao Miyazaki) – Cineplex: November 17, 2019 (dub) / November 20, 2019 (sub), Landmark: November 17, 2019 (dub) / November 20, 2019 (sub)

While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who is waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. The girl Mononoke is a force of nature – with blood smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, doing battle with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013; dir. Isao Takahata) – Cineplex: December 16, 2019 (dub) / December 18, 2019 (sub) / Landmark: December 16, 2019 (dub) / December 18, 2019 (sub)

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.


Calgary Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas
Calgary Landmark Cinemas Country Hills
Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas
Edmonton Landmark Cinemas Edmonton City Centre
Edmonton Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton

British Columbia

Burnaby Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis
Coquitlam Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam and VIP
Kelowna Landmark Cinemas Grand 10
Langley Cineplex Cinemas Langley
Nanaimo Landmark Cinemas Nanaimo
North Vancouver Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas
Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas
Surrey Cineplex Cinemas Strawberry Hill
Vancouver Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
Victoria Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas


Winnipeg Cineplex Odeon McGillivray Cinemas And VIP


St. John’s Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl

New Brunswick

Fredericton Cineplex Cinemas Fredericton
Moncton Cineplex Cinemas Trinity Drive

Nova Scotia

Dartmouth Cineplex Cinemas Dartmouth Crossing
Halifax Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane


Ancaster Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster
Aurora Cineplex Odeon Aurora Cinemas
Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
Etobicoke Cineplex Cinemas Queensway and VIP
Guelph Galaxy Cinemas Guelph
Kanata Landmark Cinemas Kanata
Kingston Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas
Kitchener Landmark Cinemas Kitchener
London SilverCity London Cinemas
Mississauga Cineplex Cinemas Courtney Park
Niagara Falls Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas
Oakville Cineplex Odeon Winston Churchill Cinemas
Ottawa Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas
Ottawa Scotiabank Theatre Ottawa
Peterborough Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
Scarborough Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas
St. Catharines Landmark Cinemas St. Catharines
Sudbury SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
Thunder Bay SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas
Toronto Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas And VIP
Vaughan Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan
Waterloo Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo
Whitby Landmark Cinemas Whitby
Windsor SilverCity Windsor Cinemas


Montreal Cinéma Cineplex Forum
Montreal Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin


Regina Cineplex Cinemas Normanview
Saskatoon Scotiabank Theatre Saskatoon & VIP

Individual theatre participation may vary per film.

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