by Chris MaGee
2011 has seen more than a few amazing retrospectives take place at festivals and theatres worldwide. There was the monumental centenary retrospective of Nikkatsu films at the 49th annual New York Film Festival, a full programme of the early films of Sion Sono at the 12th Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival in Frankfurt and the 12th Tokyo Filmex held a full retrospective of the films of little know director Shinji Somai. 2011 is ending with one more, do not miss retrospective, again in New York City.
The IFC Center will be hosting a 15 film retrospective of the films of Studio Ghibli from December 16th to January 12th. Presented by animation distributor GKIDS, "The Studio Ghilbli Collection: 1984 - 2008" is made up entirely of 35mm prints of such Ghibli classics as "My Neighbor Totoro", "Princess Mononoke", "Only Yesterday" and "The Cat Returns", many of them newly struck just for this event.
If you are feeling a little jealous of the wealth of films that New York has seen in the past 12 months don't despair. According to the report on ""The Studio Ghilbli Collection" posted at Sci-Fi Japan this week this retrospective will be touring North America during the first half of 2012. This includes proposed stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle... and Toronto! Yes, if we keep making our Christmas wishes we can look forward to settling in for a feast of Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Yoshifumi Kondo and Hiroyuki Morita gems sometime next year. We'll keep you posted in the coming weeks and months on where and when this may happen.