Ocean Waves

Friday, March 3 | 5:30 pm

Saturday, March 4 | 8 pm

Sunday, March 5 | 2 pm

Making its long-awaited American debut in select theaters, Studio Ghibli’s Ocean Waves follows high-school student Taku and his best friend Yukata as they find their relationship and their dreams for the future transformed by the arrival of beautiful, mercurial transfer-student, Rikako. Leading a team of Ghibli’s youngest animators, thirty-five-year-old director Tomomi Mochizuki has crafted a poignant coming-of-age story that marks a subtle departure from the house style established by Studio Ghibli founders Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Only Yesterday), while ably upholding their deep commitment to the craft of animation and the art of storytelling. Rendered in soft, finely detailed watercolor pastels, Ocean Waves captures the luminous texture of memory and the ephemeral, yet life-defining, experience of first love. Ocean Waves will be preceded by the short film Ghiblies: Episode 2, a surreal, funny, beautifully animated glimpse into the lives and loves of Studio Ghibli employees.

Director Tomomi Mochizuki 1993 Japan 76 minutes PG-13 (for some thematic material) DCP

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