To say that Spirited Away, a 2001 anime masterwork that is regularly listed among the best animated features ever produced, is bizarre, surreal, and just very, very strange would be to gloss over the simple fact that pretty much all of Hayao Miyazaki’s filmic creations could be described that way. In Spirited Away, a young girl named Chihiro wanders into a magical realm with her parents, who are quickly turned into pigs. So Chihiro finds work in a bathhouse run by a witch who renames her Sen. In a strangely beautiful sequence, Sen encounters the spirit of a polluted river, feeds him a dumpling that makes him vomit, and thus performs an act of ecological beneficence. The film screens through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) as part of a series of Studio Ghibli anime features. Click here for more info or call (434) 845-2398.