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Exclusive Hayao Miyazaki Film Screenings at Carnegie Hall

Why is there so much excitement at Carnegie Hall today?

Because we've just announced that we will exclusively screen two short animated films—House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider—by Academy Award–winning Japanese animator and director Hayao Miyazaki in Zankel Hall on March 26.

As visually stunning as all of Miyazaki's work (Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away), the screenings of House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider mark the first time that these two 2006 films have been shown outside Japan.

If you're in New York, if you love Miyazaki's work, and if you are unlikely to visit Miyazaki's Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, this is your best chance of ever seeing these two films.

There will be two screenings on March 26, the first at 6:30 PM and the second at 8:30 PM. Tickets are available now!

Yado-Sagashi (House Hunting)
Original Story and Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Animator: Katsuya Kondo
Length: 12 minutes
© 2006 Nibariki—G

House Hunting 


Fuki packs what she needs into a big rucksack and sets out on a journey to look for a new house. She leaves the city and heads off into the mountains. Along the way, she encounters some of Japan's many guardian spirits and leaves them each a token offering. And then she finds a place that's just right. Or is it? In this short film, all of the sound effects are voiced by two actors. Sometimes the Japanese onomatopoeic sounds—sounds that are meant to imitate the things that make them—appear as Japanese letters on the screen. But whether you understand Japanese or not, the sounds in the film speak for themselves.

Mizugumo Monmon (Mon Mon the Water Spider)
Original Story and Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Music by Rio Yamase
Directing Animator: Atsuko Tanaka
Length: 15 minutes
© 2006 Nibariki—G

 Mon Mon the Water Spider 


Water spiders are unique creatures that live in ponds and streams in northern Japan. In this film, Mon Mon, a water spider, travels back and forth to the surface of the water, gathering bubbles of air. He drags them back down below, where he uses them as both air supply and nest, all the while keeping a sharp lookout for predators. One day, Mon Mon spies a damsel water strider gliding freely and effortlessly across the water's surface and cannot take his eyes off of her. He thinks of her after she has glided away out of sight and almost forgets to be cautious and wary. Could this graceful, free-moving beauty ever come to love a homely, ungainly water spider chained to his nest of bubbles? When he sees her in danger and rises to the rescue, he gets a chance to see her world as she does.

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