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Dates:Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Saturday, May 25, 2019
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$ see below
The Harvard Film Archive (HFA) is pleased to present WEEKEND MATINEE from March 9 – May 25, 2019.

The HFA continues its specially priced screenings of films for children, teenagers and their families. Many from the Harvard Film Archive collection, this series of classic and contemporary films are screened in their original formats and languages.

This season features an all-anime matinee focused on the work of Mamoru Hosoda—in all of its hand-drawn beauty—and two of Hayao Miyazaki’s earlier features, including the masterful epic Nausicaä, his first film with longtime collaborator, composer Joe Hisaishi.

All Weekend Matinee screenings are admission-free for holders of a valid Cambridge Public Library card! Otherwise, it's just $5 for Weekend Matinee Admission.

Saturday March 9 at 3pm
Wolf Children (Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki)

Pursuing the tall, enigmatic loner in her college class, sunny-spirited Hana soon discovers she has fallen in love with a man who is half-wolf. Undaunted, she marries him and gives birth to a daughter Yuki and son Ame. When tragedy strikes, she must care for her part-wolf progeny all on her own. Hana’s experience is patiently and elborately illustrated as she moves from the city to the distant countryside, trying to accommodate her children’s unusual needs.

Hosoda’s animation is often breathtakingly photographic, just as his semi-supernatural tale grounds itself in the conundrums of modern reality with its many allusions: the struggles of single motherhood, ever-fluctuating and confusing teenage emotions, and the inability to conform to societal or institutional standards as a child or as an adult. Devoting her life to her children, Hana must eventually let them decide whether they will follow a conventional path or disappear into the wild where wolves can run free.

Age recommendation: 14+
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. With Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Ohsawa, Haru Kuroki
Japan 2012, DCP, color, 117 min. Japanese with English subtitles
$5 Weekend Matinee Admission

Saturday March 23 at 3pm
The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no ko)

With a desire to create cinematic experiences that children and adults can enjoy together, Hosoda introduces the young Shibuya orphan Kyuta who stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts. Kumatetsu—a grumpy warrior beast who lacks social skills but desperately needs an apprentice—takes Kyuta in, and the two develop a father-son relationship that will be put to the ultimate test in this exciting, supernatural adventure. A new father himself at the time, Hosoda incorporated his personal life into the character of Kumatetsu, who struggles with confusion over this new role, while Kyuta grows out of childhood and experiences his own painful ups and downs.

Hosoda dynamically illustrates both the tender emotions and fantastic battles with his astonishing powers of visual magic, leaving audiences breathless over stunning, hand-painted landscapes and surprising, ever-changing perspectives. The Boy and the Beast was the first animated film to compete at the San Sebastian Film Festival Official Selection, and it was the largest grossing Japanese film released in 2015—immediately eliciting speculation that Hosoda would be the next Miyazaki.

Age recommendation: 12+
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. With Aoi Miyazaki, Suzu Hirose, Koji Yakusho
Japan 2015, DCP, color, 119 min. Japanese with English subtitles
$5 Weekend Matinee Admission

Saturday April 6 at 3pm
Summer Wars (Sama uozu)

Hosoda formats many films into one surprising, ever-transforming creation linking the ancient past, strong family bonds, math skills and the pain of adolesence to a high-tech present where a Google-like “OZ” runs the virtual mainframe of the globe.

Just as the awkward computer whiz Kenji is coerced into joining the popular, pretty Natsuki at her grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration out in the country, the AI-created intelligent virus “Love Machine” takes over the all-powerful OZ, and Kenji is a prime suspect.

As the family watches sports, plays card games, eats, laughs, fights, and confronts old wounds together, drama escalates at every scale in both physical and virtual reality, which, like the theaters of the family and the world, Hosoda proves to be inextricably linked: all of them disconnecting and coming back together like a complex strand of DNA coursing through a tale in which the dynamic animation matches that of the emotion. Building suspense in the vein of WarGames, here it is not just a few, but the many and their individual, idiosyncratic strengths on which all of civilization comes to depend.

Age recommendation: 12+
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. With Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura
Japan 2009, 35mm, color, 114 min. Japanese with English subtitles
$5 Weekend Matinee Admission

Saturday April 20 at 3pm
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika)

Despite growing up in a post-apocalyptic world riddled with war and pollution, Princess Nausicaä has acquired an otherworldly communion with the natural world and a saint-like adoration from the local populace. Drawing on inspiration from a world of myth and science fiction, Miyazaki’s fantastic tale sealed his fate as a master animator of realms where beautiful, toxic spores fall like snow upon the corpses of giant insects, where a medieval-esque society behaves judiciously and harmoniously while honoring the wisdom of children, elders, witches and wizards, and where Nausicaä flies freely through the air on her glider, performing outrageous feats, and winning the hearts and minds of all species as she attempts to save her valley from destruction and discover the secrets of the forest. Unlike most superheroes, Nausicaä acts out of compassion and a belief in an inherent goodness and balance in the universe, that it is fear and alienation, not evil, which drives war and ecological disharmony.

Age recommendation: 12+
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. With Sumi Shimamoto, Goro Naya, Yoji Matsuda
Japan/US 1984, 35mm, color, 117 min. Japanese with English subtitles
$5 Weekend Matinee Admission

Saturday May 25 at 3pm
The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro)

In his first feature film, Miyazaki unleashes the adventurous, shapeshifting antics of Arsène Lupin III, apparently a grandson of Maurice Leblanc’s notorious “Gentleman Burglar.' Like the original, Lupin is a master thief, cunning sleuth and outrageous daredevil. He is also a carefree comedian who uses unconventional methods to outwit his opponents and win the hearts of damsels in distress. While dashing off with a Fiat-full of cash from Monte Carlo, he discovers that it is all counterfeit. Resolving to get to the source of the fake bills, Lupin and his partner are instantly embroiled in an action-packed face-off with the nefarious Count of Cagliostro. They must rescue the Count’s imprisoned fiancée while eluding his longtime foe, Inspector Zenigata, as well as the castle’s endless traps and surprises. Although worlds away from Miyazaki’s dazzling tales to come, this high-spirited, irreverent spectacle provides creative, witty and very mischievous entertainment for those not afraid of a little darkness running through the veins of their childrens’ comic heroes.

Age recommendation: 10+
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. With Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Japan 1979, DCP, color, 100 min. Japanese with English subtitles

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