November 16, 2012, @ 8:00 pm
(Tonari no Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 1988, 86 min.)
Miyazaki. One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to the countryside to be nearer to their ailing mother. The girls soon befriend a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures that live in the surrounding forests. Beneath the film’s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom — as with much of Miyazaki’s work, at its core this film is about humankind’s relationship to the earth.