Grave of the Fireflies

The TIFF Cinematheque is putting on a retrospective this holiday season devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Following a spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012 (which, as well as playing Toronto, made it across the US, too), the retrospective is returning on December 13  and running through January 3 with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35mm and digital prints. Of note is the inclusion this time around of Isao Takahata's "Grave of the Fireflies," a title not part of the original retrospective. 

Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro"
Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro"

The lineup also includes "From Up On Poppy Hill," a father-son collaboration between studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki and his son Goro; and Miyazaki classics such as "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki’s Delivery Service" and Oscar winner "Spirited Away"; as well as rarely seen Ghibli titles "Only Yesterday" and "The Ocean Waves."

Plus, cinephile director Guillermo del Toro will lead a master class session December 12 considering Miyazaki’s artistry with an extended introduction and post-screening discussion of "Castle in the Sky."

Tickets for screenings go on sale December 4 for TIFF Members, and December 11 for the public. Complete screening schedule will be coming soon to the TIFF site.

Anyone who reads TOH! regularly knows that we are big Ghibli fans. Our ranking of the best of the studio's titles is here; our behind-the-scenes look at Ghibli and Miyazaki's latest (and reportedly the auteur's last) film "The Wind Rises" is here.