Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Pediatrics Plus of North Haven, Best Video Performance Space presents a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic animated feature “Spirited Away” this Saturday, Oct. 29. The screening starts at 3 PM. It is free but donations to support Best Video Film & Cultural Center programming will be gratefully accepted.
Released in July, 2001, “Spirited Away” became the most successful film in Japanese history. Disney cooperated with Miyazaki to create an English language release.
Elvis Mitchell wrote in The New York Times:
Mr. Miyazaki’s specialty is taking a primal wish of kids, transporting them to a fantasyland and then marooning them there. No one else conjures the phantasmagoric and shifting morality of dreams — that fascinating and frightening aspect of having something that seems to represent good become evil — in the way this master Japanese animator does.
The beauty of the animation, a skillful blend of hand-painted foreground and well-placed computer background, works to generate the storytelling. It makes all the characters distinct in appearance and keeps them from looking as if they’re drifting a couple of inches above the ground.
What the title really applies to is the director himself. After his struggle to get the career-capping ”Mononoke” to the screen, Mr. Miyazaki retired but is said to have been sparked back to the drawing board after meeting a girl who inspired Chihiro. This child should accompany the director to Los Angeles for the Oscar nomination ”Spirited Away” will probably receive. The world deserves a glimpse at the slacker-sprite behind so much magic.
• Wednesday, Oct. 26. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET
• Thursday, Oct. 27. CELTIC AMERICA: THE EBIN-ROSE TRIO; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DOUGLAS ALAN
• Friday, Oct. 28. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT PLAYS TO “NOSFERATU”
• Saturday, Oct. 29. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “SPIRITED AWAY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)
• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”
• Wednesday, Nov. 2. RECEPTION TO HONOR FRANZ DOUSKEY AS HAMDEN’s FIRST POET LAUREATE
• Thursday, Nov. 3. ROCK: ROPE, THE TOMMYS
• Saturday, Nov. 5. AMERICANA: MATT WHEELER, GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON DUO, JON SCHLESINGER
• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”
• Thursday, Nov. 10. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER GALA FIRST ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT (at The Ballroom at The Outer Space)
• Friday, Nov. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS JESSE TERRY & CALLAGHAN
• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN” (1 PM)
• Sunday, Nov. 13. KLEZMER JAM (6 PM)
• Wednesday, Nov. 16. IMPROVISATION/AVANT-GARDE: TOM BLANCHART, CHRIS CRETELLA< ZACH ROWDEN
• Thursday, Nov. 17. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON
• Saturday, Nov. 19. JAZZ JAM with ALLEN LOWE, JEFF FULLER & ED CERCONE
• Wednesday, Nov. 23. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: DANIEL BACHMAN, ALEXANDER
• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/TRADITIONAL COUNTRY: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)
• Saturday, Nov. 26. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)
• Thursday, Dec. 1. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: GLENN ROTH
• Friday, Dec. 9. BLUEGRASS: DALE ANN BRADLEY BAND (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)
• Friday, Dec. 16. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS
• Saturday, Dec. 17. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE GOONIES” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)
• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER
• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)