Studio Ghibli To Be Feted With Honorary Palme D’Or At 77th Cannes Film Festival


Studio Ghibli to Receive Honorary Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival

Studio Ghibli, the renowned Japanese animation studio co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki, is set to be honored with the prestigious Honorary Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. This marks a historic moment as it is the first time Cannes has bestowed its Honorary Palme d’Or to a collective.

Quick Facts:

  • Studio Ghibli, co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, will be awarded the Honorary Palme d’Or at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
  • In 1984, Studio Ghibli began financing its own feature films and has since produced over twenty, including award-winning titles such as “Spirited Away” and “The Boy and the Heron.”
  • Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas is also set to receive an Honorary Palme d’Or at the closing of the festival on May 25.

Addressing this honor, Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, expressed his gratitude, stating, “I am truly honored and delighted that the studio is awarded the Honorary Palme d’Or. I would like to thank the Festival de Cannes from the bottom of my heart.” Suzuki also emphasized the studio’s foundational aspiration to deliver top-tier animation for audiences worldwide across various age groups. He highlighted the global reach of their films and the immersive experiences offered at the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, and Ghibli Park.

Furthermore, Suzuki extended his optimism about the future, remarking, “We have truly come a long way for Studio Ghibli to become such a big organization. Although Miyazaki and I have aged considerably, I am sure that Studio Ghibli will continue to take on new challenges, led by the staff who will carry on the spirit of the company. It would be my greatest pleasure if you look forward to what’s next.”

Since its inception, Studio Ghibli has made significant contributions to the world of animation, launching its own feature films with “Porco Rosso” in 1992 and garnering critical acclaim for cinematic gems such as “Princess Mononoke” and “The Wind Rises.” Notably, the studio secured its first Oscar for Best Animated Feature with “Spirited Away” and achieved the same distinction last year with “The Boy and the Heron.”

President of the Festival de Cannes, Iris Knobloch, reflected on the selection, stating, “For the first time in our history, it’s not a person but an institution that we have chosen to celebrate.” This exceptional recognition aligns with the festival’s tradition of acknowledging influential figures and entities within the film industry.

Additionally, the forthcoming festival will feature the presentation of an Honorary Palme d’Or to acclaimed filmmaker George Lucas at its closure on May 25. The highly-anticipated event is scheduled to commence on May 14, promising an enriching celebration of cinematic excellence.

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