June 2007

June 23, 2007 Film Festival Showings
The Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois is showing Only Yesterday
as a part of their "Flickerings" project. It airs Saturday night June
30th at 11:00pm. Other screenings include Haibane Renmei, Linda Linda Linda, and Space Battleship Yamato.

Across the pond the 27th Cambridge Film Festival presents the UK premiere of Tales from Earthsea on July 10 and 12. Other anime screenings include Paprika and Ghost In The Shell: Solid State Society.

Thanks to John Burnham and Justin VanNingen for the news.

June 22, 2007 Iblard, "Tales from Earthsea" in Germany
GhibliWorld has details on Naohisa Inoue's recent DVD release Iblard Jikan.

Tales from Earthsea is part of the lineup in this year's Fantasy Film Fest, a festival that travels to eight German cities starting in Munich on July 24 and ending in Hamburg on
August 22.

Thanks to Peter van der Lugt and Christoph Goesgens for the news.

June 4, 2007 Ghibli Diary, "Ponyo" News, New Takahata Film
GhibliWorld posted a slew of translated entries from the studio's web diary.

Studio Ghibli President (and producer) Toshio Suzuki appeared on the NTV program Getsuyoru! and talked about Ponyo:

Suzuki: When a film becomes black [covers its costs, profitable] I convey the message to Takahata-san and Miyazaki-san. They are pleased. However, Miya-san said suddenly the other day in a meeting, "Suzuki-san, I do not let you collect the production costs [of Ponyo]."
Q: What does it mean?
Suzuki: He said, "A film that collects its production costs is second-class. My previous films are included in this category. So, I do not make this film in the black." Since I was angry, I said to him, "I will surely collect it!" (laugh)

As with all previous Miyazaki feature films, Joe Hisaishi is composing the soundtrack. He said, "Gake no ue no Ponyo, it's great imagination, unbelievable 64 years old's imagination. I'm full of fight."
According to the production diary of May 14, a very cute sample of a sound track of Ponyo is completed.

Suzuki also announced that he is working on a Takahata film:
Suzuki: Takahata-san has not made a film for a long time, because there are not many animators who can realize his idea. I intend to try it.
Q: This is first time that you've mention it? Suzuki: Yes, I did not talk about it anywhere.

Thanks to Peter van der Lugt and T. Ishikawa for the news.

June 1, 2007 "Spirited Away" Airing on Turner Classic Movies
The film (English dub) is scheduled for Sunday, June 3 at 9:45pm.

Thanks to Rob Haines for the news.