It's just been announced that Studio Ghibli's Gedo Senki (Tales From Earthsea) will be screened at this year's Venice Film Festival. It seems that Venice has become the home for Ghibli's international premiers, having shown both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle in past festivals.
Gedo Senki is the directoral debut for 39-year-old Goro Miyazaki, the elder son of some totally obscure filmmaker I've never heard of. The movie will be released in theatres in Japan this Saturday, July 29.
As always, my thanks to Peter van der Lugt, whose excellent Ghibli World should be on your rolodex (check the blogroll to the right). He's written extensively on Gedo Senki's production, which means he's the main go-to guy for Western fans.