Synopsis: Double Feature: PORCO ROSSO, 1992, 94 min. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Set in a mid-WWII Italy, the film follows Marco, a world-weary flying ace-turned-bounty hunter who plies his trade above the waters of the Adriatic. Somewhere along the way a curse has transformed Marco’s head into that of a pig, reflecting his loss of faith in humanity. Marco meets his polar opposite in the innocent and energetic 17-year-old Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and the two are catapulted into an airborne adventure pursued by air pirates, the Italian army and an egotistical American flying ace. In Japanese with English subtitles.
WHISPER OF THE HEART, 1995, 111 min. Adapted from the manga by Aoi Hiragi, the film tells the story of Shizuku, a shy student with high school entrance exam worries and inchoate aspirations, who meets a magical cat on a commuter bus and follows it to a boutique where significant objects abound, each with a story of its own. In Japanese with English subtitles.