On Wednesday May 7, Ancaster Film Fest will screen THE WIND RISES at 4:00 p.m. only at Ancaster Silver City.  Box Office opens at 3:15 p.m.  Non member tickets are $9 for the matinee screening. All proceeds go to charities and service organizations.  From the previous screenings $1000 was donated to Ancaster Community Services and $300 to Hamilton Food Share.

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers.

The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war.

Hayao Miyazaki, the director, also called the Japanese Walt Disney, is one of the most popular and influential animators in the history of cinema. Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli has created numerous acclaimed, mostly hand drawn, feature length animations and in 2003 won an Academy Award for Spirited Away ranked #36 among the greatest films of all time by viewers on the Internet Movie Data Base – IMDB. Miyazaki has won or been nominated for over 90 international awards. Among its 40 awards wins and nominations, The Wind Rises was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film this past year losing out to Frozen and won the Best Animated Feature Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association. Unlike most animated features, this film was not written for children but rather, because of the themes it deals with, for teenagers and adults. It is distributed by Disney/Buena Vista Films.

Miyazaki is one of the greatest filmmakers of our time and he has been a tremendous inspiration to generations of animators At Pixar, when we have a problem and we can’t seem to solve it, we often look at one of his films in our screening room. Toy Story owes a huge debt of gratitude to the films of Mr. Miyazaki. John Lasseter/Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Disney

A work of immense mystery and strangeness, loaded with unforgettable images, spectacular sweeps of color and nested, hidden meanings. It feels to me like a meditative epic about Japan’s traumatic journey into modernity, and a complicated allegory about the innocence, arrogance and culpability of artists. It’s one of the most beautiful animated films ever made, and something close to a masterpiece. Andrew O’Hehir/Salon.com

As gorgeously animated as any of his previous movies, Wind has Miyazaki trading in his more fantastical impulses for contemplative, old-fashioned drama and period detail. Steve Staskiewicz/Entertainment Weekly

The Wind Rises may come as a shock for fans of the kid-friendly, pro-feminist, deeply pacifist Miyazaki… It’s a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand. Peter Travers/Rolling Stone

The Ancaster Film Fest is a member of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit, a group of 180 organizations across Canada that screen the best in Canadian and International films to their communities.  For more information on the Ancaster Film Fest or our screenings visit our website, our Facebook site or call 905-648-2277.