Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

(Kaze no tani no Naushika) 風の谷のナウシカ
Japan 1984. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki. 116 min. DCP

Adored Japanese auteur Hayao Miyazaki’s remarkable second feature was his breakthrough: it was the first film over which he had complete artistic control, and its success led to the founding of Studio Ghibli, home to some of the most magical and beloved animated movies ever made. It may also be his masterpiece! Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things leads her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph. There are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. “The seminal Miyazaki film” (Michael Mirasol,

In consideration of our all-ages audience, the English-dubbed version will be screened



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Cinema Sunday films are introduced by Vancouver film history teacher, critic, and intergalactic space pirate Michael van den Bos. In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Cinema Sunday community sponsors Videomatica SalesGolden Age Collectables, and Kidsbooks.


"Nausicaä is the cartoon princess for anyone who likes nature ... Its message is relevant now, probably more so."

The Guardian | full review

"Magnificent ... Violent yet stirringly hopeful."

New Yorker | full review