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Weekend Planner: Film 

Despite a 50-year career, Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki remained largely unknown to the West until 1997, when his feature film “Princess Mononoke” became the highest-grossing film in Japan and was subsequently released in the United States by Miramax Films. It was followed by “Spirited Away” (2001), which became the first anime film to win an Academy Award. This month the Amherst Cinema is holding a Miyazaki festival to bring a full selection of the director/animator/screenwriter’s work to the Valley.

“Miyazaki’s films have become incredible cult favorites, beloved by film lovers of many ages,” says Amherst Cinema director Carol Johnson. “We expect full houses at most screenings. Advance ticketing is highly recommended.” Shows are Sundays at 2 and 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. as follows: March 10 and 13, “Castle in the Sky”; March 17 and 20, “My Neighbor Totoro”; March 24 and 27, “Princess Mononoke”; March 31 and April 3, “Spirited Away”; April 7 and 10, “Howl’s Moving Castle.” All films are in the original Japanese, with English subtitles. Some are not suitable for young children — parental discretion advised. Regular admission. 253-2547, www.amherstcinema.org

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