This Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m., the outdoor film series “Manifestations of Love” presents a jewel of Japanese animation: “Ponyo” (2008), directed by the renowned Hayao Miyazaki. The screening will take place in the parking lot of the Faculty of Education of the University of Costa Rica.

Seventh Art under the Stars: Film Series.

Since 2014, the University Cinema has been bringing the seventh art to new audiences and spaces through its popular Open Air Cinema seasons at the Plaza 24 de Abril. This initiative has established itself as an annual tradition during the months of December, February and March, attracting between 120 and 150 spectators per film.

One of the most outstanding features of this open-air cinema is the offer of free refreshments for the audience. During the holiday season, this refreshment consists of eggnog and cookies, thus inspiring the name of the film series. Besides enjoying films under the starry sky, viewers have the opportunity to participate in open discussions after each screening, where they can share their impressions and opinions about the films.

This film series not only provides entertainment, but also the opportunity to create community and foster dialogue around the art of film. Over the years, it has brought together people of diverse ages and backgrounds, creating an inclusive and welcoming space for all film lovers.


“Ponyo” is a story that combines elements of fantasy and animation to narrate the friendship between Sosuke, a five-year-old boy, and Ponyo, a little fish. The plot unfolds when Sosuke finds Ponyo trapped in a jar while playing on the shore. With Sosuke’s help, Ponyo manages to free herself and they quickly establish a special bond.

The protagonist faces threats from Ponyo’s father, Fujimoto, who insists she should remain in the ocean instead of returning to the surface. Despite this, she is resolute in her desire to explore the human world and reunite with her friend Sosuke. However, Ponyo’s sisters create destructive tidal waves that flood Sosuke’s village, leading to a series of challenges that will examine the depth of their friendship and the potency of love.

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