This Thursday and Friday, the IU Cinema will be screening the classic Japanese animated movie “Howl’s Moving Castle.” The film, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, was originally released worldwide in September 2004.
IU Cinema announced the screenings on its Twitter page July 19, explaining that it was celebrating both the film’s 15th anniversary and IU’s 2019 Welcome Week.
The film is the 14th from Studio Ghibli, a highly acclaimed studio in the Japanese animation industry, as well as the 14th film directed by Miyazaki, one of the most renowned creators in animation history famous for directing acclaimed films such as “Spirited Away," “Princess Mononoke" and “My Neighbor Totoro." Miyazaki also co-founded Studio Ghibli.
“Howl’s Moving Castle," which was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 78th Academy Awards and won the 2007 Nebula Award for Best Script, is one of the many highly regarded films directed by Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli.
Both showings will be from 7 to 8:59 p.m. and will show different versions of the film in correspondence with two ongoing series at the cinema.
Thursday’s showing will be free for IU students as part of Welcome Week and $4 for everyone else. This showing will feature the original Japanese audio with English subtitles, and is part of the IU Cinema’s “International Arthouse Series.”
Friday’s showing will feature the English dub, which stars Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale and Emily Mortimer. This showing is part of the IU Cinema’s “CINEkids International Children’s Film Series” and will be free for children ages 12 and under and $4 for everyone else.
Tickets are available for these showings online, at the IU Auditorium Box Office or in the IU Cinema lobby an hour before each showing.