Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (subtitled, 5/26, 7:30pm)

The post-apocalyptic epic that launched an animation empire! After decades of for-hire animation work, Hayao Miyazaki was finally given the personal freedom to adapt his own singular manga series: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind>. The results, which enabled the foundation of Studio Ghibli, are the stuff of legend. The environmentally conscious, glider-riding heroine and her enormous insect friends are matched by immersive art direction and a classic synth-soaked score. Swashbuckling action? Check. Toxic jungles, biomechanical “God Warriors” and richly detailed alternate universe to scale? Triple check. Inspired as much by French fantasists like Moebius and Reneé Laloux as any anime, Nausicaä‘s future-primitive aesthetic has aged better than other animation half its vintage. If you’ve only seen Miyazaki’s later work like Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä will be a revelation, earning a permanent place in your imagination. Essential science fiction cinema. Our screening of Nausicaä is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1984, 35mm, 116 min.