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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

2018 Studio Ghibli Fest 20th Anniversary of 'Grave of The Fireflies

Throughout 2018, GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured animated features to U.S. cinemas. The Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 gives fans of the particular Japanese animation style an opportunity to see nine of the Studio's most celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises.

Up next from the 2018 Fest, is a film celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Grave of The Fireflies. Directed by Academy Award-nominated Isao Takahata (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), the film has been universally hailed as an artistic and emotional tour de force about a young boy and his little sister who struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the earth. Their struggle is a tribute to the human spirit. Presented in its digitally remastered and restored format, Grave of The Fireflies is one of the rare films that truly deserves to be called a masterpiece.

All scheduled screening times are local to your area, and will be held on Sunday, August 12 at 12:55P (English-language dubbed), Monday, August 13 at 7:00P (English-language subtitled), and Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00P (English-language dubbed). Tickets for Grave Of The Fireflies can be purchased online at or and at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy these events in over 700 select movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

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