“It's an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that's meticulously composed and obscenely clever.” - Michael Agger, New Yorker

“Has much to say about many worthy things: the life of the spirit, materialist greed, the importance of words, the power of love.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Sunday, June 23, 2:00 p.m. | In SPIRITED AWAY, winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature (Miyazaki’s first), Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. One of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, (The New Yorker called it “meticulously composed and obscenely clever”) SPIRITED AWAY is an imaginative and thrilling exploration of grief and family.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Animated Feature, Academy Awards
Winner - Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature, Outstanding Directing in an Animated Feature Production, Outstanding Music in an Animated Feature Production, Outstanding Writing in an Animated Feature Production, Annie Awards
Winner - Best Asian Film, Hong Kong Film Awards

Scored by Hisaishi: One of the most celebrated Japanese composers of our time, Joe Hisaishi has worked with revered director and animator Hayao Miyazaki since 1984, having written scores for 10 of Miyazaki’s films. His compositions fuse minimalist and classical sensibilities with whimsical energy to create scores that are simultaneously timeless and modern, and always a welcome sound to accompany Miyazaki’s sights. In collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, who hosts the artist for Hisaishi Conducts Hisaishi June 27 through June 30, the Film Center presents five of our favorite films featuring his compositions. View full series.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu