TRIBUTE TO THE MASTERS
In collaboration with A.S.C.I.G. – Association for Cultural Exchanges between Italy and Japan
Tribute to the Masters is not only an occasion to propose great masterpieces, but also a moment where, by watching films that made the history of cinema, one can better appreciate the nature of contemporary cinema, creating the basis for a viewer able to understand, decode and therefore appreciate cinema of the future.
The section will be dedicated to Master of animation Hayao Miyazaki, probably the most important director of animated films of the last 40 years, of whom we’ll present some of the most significant works.
Hayao Miyazaki (Tokyo, January 5, 1941) is a Japanese director, screenwriter, animator, cartoonist and film producer. With a career spanning fifty years, it has already become the most famous time of Japanese animation best known abroad. His name is also closely linked to that of Studio Ghibli, an animation film studio founded in 1985 along with his colleague and mentor Isao Takahata and now considered one of the most important in the industry. He is considered one of the most influential animators in the history of cinema and according to many the greatest director of living animation: his figure has been compared several times to that of Walt Disney for the importance of his contributions in the field of animation and Akira Kurosawa advertising for the centrality in the history of Japanese cinema. About Miyazaki according to many critics is to be credited, along with other colleagues of the caliber of the aforementioned Isao Takahata, Katsuhiro Omotomo, Satoshi Kon and Mamoru Oshii, for having supported a stereotype of Japanese animation as an inferior cinema and television reality or in any case of null artistic value. His international fame was accepted after the victories of the Golden Bear and the Oscar for Spirited Away, the first and so far the only Japanese cartoon to win these awards. Some of his eleven feature films have held, or still hold, record at home: Princess Mononoke is the highest grossing film in the history of Japan before the colossal Titanic, once beaten three years later by Spirited Away, which the registration remains that has received the most in Japanese sales. As of 2014, four of his films (in addition to the two already mentioned, also Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo) are included in the ranking of the 10 highest collections in history in Japan. His long career, which ended with his retirement from directing in 2013, was honored with the Winsor McCay Award in 1998, the Golden Lion at the 2005 Venice Film Festival and the honorary Oscar awarded to him by the Academy in November 2014.