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A Studio Ghibli Festival And Movie Marathon Is Coming To Sydney

Certain movies define cinema, whether it’s Star Wars or Scorsese, Shrek or Studio Ghibli. That last one in particular has had a massive effect on our lives, and now the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney is dedicating an entire month to the splendour and magic of the Japanese animation studio.

The Studio Ghibli Summer Festival is kicking off 2020 with a bang, screening a different film every Saturday afternoon from January 11 till February 8.

Led by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli has created renowned films inspired by the traditions of folklore and fantasy in Japanese art. Five of the studio’s most iconic films will be screened at the gallery’s Domain Theatre, with tickets for each session landing at $12.

Spirited Away kickstarts the celebrations on January 11. The award-winning movie follows a young girl named Chihiro who stumbles into a dreamlike world. She meets a cast of gods, ghosts, supernatural creatures and a friendly dragon.

Pom Poko is next up on January 18, followed by the adorable My Neighbor Totoro on January 25 and Kiki’s Delivery Service on February 1. Princess Mononoke rounds out the Summer Festival on February 8.

In Princess Mononoke, young warrior Ashitaka gets caught in the middle of Princess Mononoke’s battle to protect the Great Forest spirit realm from industrial development. It became the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan when it was released, and was the first animated feature film to win Best Picture in the Japan Academy Prize.

“I think that in the essence of human civilisation, we have the desire to become rich without limit, by taking the lives of other creatures,” Miyazaki has said about the environmental epic.

Tickets to the Studio Ghibli Summer Festival screenings are available now on the Art Gallery of NSW’s website.

If the festival gets you feeling inspired, you can go one step further and follow this Studio Ghibli itinerary through Japan.

(Lead image: Spirited Away / Studio Ghibli)