February 24, 2012No Comments

An achingly sad anti-war film, Grave of the Fireflies is one of Studio Ghibli’s most profoundly beautiful, haunting works.  It gets a 96% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


“An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.” ROGER EBERT


“One of the greatest anime ever, but also an important (anti-) war film. A moving masterpiece.”  DANIEL ETHERINGTON (Film4)


“Picking a favourite Studio Ghibli film is near impossible for most fans. My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo and Porco Rosso come very close as personal favourites for me but I think Grave of the Fireflies is undoubtedly their greatest and most powerful achievement. It’s rare that any film can have such an emotional impact as Grave of the Fireflies does, whether it’s real or animation but rarely does an animated film provoke such feelings. Along with Watership Down, Grave of the Fireflies really did push the boundaries when it came to the power of cartoons and showed just how important animation is in cinema. A heartbreaking film, historically important, wonderfully executed and rightfully regarded as a masterpiece. Not a typical Studio Ghibli production but as brilliant as you’d expect from them.” ANTHONY LAWRIE



Selected by this year’s ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SEAN LENNON, the LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL is having a rare Japanese 35mm print flown in just for this screening.  We think you simply can’t miss this film.  A rare chance to see one of the greatest animated films of all time on the big screen.  We hope you agree with us.  And thank you, Sean, for selecting this masterpiece.