Ann Arbor, Mich. – The State Theatre is pleased to announce its first prime-time film series in recent history: the Studio Ghibli 30-Year Retrospective Film Series, presented by the U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

Tokyo-based Studio Ghibli is one of the longest-running and most successful animation film studios in history. Eight of Studio Ghibli's films are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan. Many of their works have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award; four have won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year; and three (Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and The Wind Rises) have been nominated for an Academy Award. Studio Ghibli is headed by acclaimed directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki.

The series includes the following films (all of which are in Japanese with English subtitles unless otherwise noted):
  • Sat., 10/11 at 11:59 PM - Howl's Moving Castle
  • Wed., 10/15 at 7:00 PM - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Wed., 10/22 at 7:00 PM - Castle in the Sky
  • Sat., 10/25 at 1:30 PM - Ponyo (free for kids 12 & under; dubbed in English
  • Wed., 10/29 at 7:00 PM - Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Wed., 11/5 at 7:00 PM - Grave of the Fireflies
  • Wed., 11/12 at 7:00 PM - Porco Rosso
  • Wed., 11/19 at 7:00 PM - Princess Mononoke
  • Tue., 11/25 at 7:00 PM - Spirited Away
  • Sun., 11/30 at 1:30 PM - My Neighbor Totoro (free for kids 12 & under; dubbed in English)
  • Wed., 12/3 at 7:00 PM - From Up on Poppy Hill
  • Wed., 12/10 at 7:00 PM - The Wind Rises

Advance tickets are available at ticketweb.com. Tickets are $10 (general), $8 (students, seniors, veterans, kids 12 and under), $7.50 (Michigan Theater members), and $7 (midnight movies).

About the State Theatre: The State Theatre, designed in opulent Art Deco style by renowned architect C. Howard Crane, opened in 1942. Known for its campy midnight screenings and first-run independent film, the State has been a favorite of University of Michigan students for decades. It is now owned and operated by the Michigan Theater Foundation. The State Theatre is located in downtown Ann Arbor at 233 South State St. Visit michtheater.org/state or call at (734) 761-8667 for schedule and ticket information.

About the Michigan Theater: Now celebrating its 87th year, the Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor's award-winning non-profit historic center for fine film and performing arts. The Michigan Theater welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year to its art house films, concerts, lectures, live theater, and special programs such as Sundance Film Festival USA and Cinetopia International Film Festival. The Michigan Theater is located in downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street. Visit michtheater.org or call the 24-hour information line at (734) 668-TIME for schedule and ticket information.

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