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October 7, 2019

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT SUMMER DAYS WITH COO ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND BLU-RAY™

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT

SUMMER DAYS WITH COO

ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD JANUARY 7, 2020

AND BLU-RAY™+ DVD JANUARY 21, 2020

For the first time in North America, Summer Days with Coo comes to the digital marketplace on January 7 and to Blu-ray + DVD on January 21 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. A stunning fantasy film based on Japanese mythology, Summer Days with Coo is an inspiring and remarkable feature from leading Japanese animation film director Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai, Colorful).

Awarded for Best Animation Film at Mainichi Film Concourse, Best Screenplay at the Tokyo Anime Awards and nominated for Best Animation Film from the Japanese Academy, Summer Days with Coo is equal parts comedy and drama, and sure to provide a heartwarming adventure.

SYNOPSIS

One day, Koichi Uehara, a fourth-grader living in the suburbs of Tokyo, picks up a fossil that looks like a large stone while on his way home from school. To his surprise, he has picked up a baby Kappa (a Japanese mythical water creature), who has been asleep underground for the past 300 years. Koichi names this baby creature “Coo” and brings him to live with his family, and soon the two are inseparable friends. However, trouble abounds as Coo struggles to adjust to modern life, and begins to miss his family, leading Koichi and Coo to embark on a summer road trip adventure in search of other Kappa.

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September 23, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES “AYA OF YOP CITY” TO RELEASE ON HOME VIDEO WITH KINO LORBER

GKIDS and Kino Lorber Release

Aya of Yop City

on Blu-ray and DVD November 26

GKIDS and Kino Lorber are proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Aya of Yop City, from directors directed by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie.

Set against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya of Yop City is a vibrant, beautifully animated adaptation of the best-selling series of graphic novels by co-director Marguerite Abouet.

Aya is 19, and she loves her neighborhood of Yop City in Abidjan, where everyone knows each other. It’s always lively, with open markets, colorful fabrics, funky cafés and music everywhere. Her mom Fanta is the neighborhood’s most trusted healer. Her dad is a sales rep for a brewery, and certainly gets his fill of the product. While Aya has dreams of becoming a doctor, her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, just like to hang out and spend their evenings dancing, drinking and flirting with boys. Their ambition is to follow Plan C: Combs, Clothes and Chasing Men! But big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, and the baby’s father is the spoiled son of one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country. How can he possibly tell his old man?

Special Features:

  • Trailer

Technical Details:

  • 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo
  • French with optional English subtitles
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September 16, 2019

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT “BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES” ON HOME VIDEO

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT

BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES

(Buñuel En El Laberinto De Las Tortugas)

A deeply affecting and humanistic portrait of a legendary artist hunting for his purpose, the critically acclaimed animated feature Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles makes its debut as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack November 12th, 2019 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Winner of the Jury Distinction Award at Annecy Film Festival and a Special Jury Award at the Animation Is Film Festival, the release also includes the feature-length documentary Buñuel’s Prisoners, as well as an interview with director Salvador Simó as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

SYNOPSIS

Filmmaker Luis Buñuel is left penniless after the scandalous premiere of his film L’Age d’Or. However, his good friend, the sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket with the promise that if he wins, he will pay for Buñuel’s next film. Incredibly, luck is on their side, so they set out to make the movie, an unconventional documentary about the desperately poor Las Hurdes region in Spain. Buñuel’s initially callous approach to the extreme poverty and situations he encounters (or creates) gradually leads to a filmmaking experience that will transform him forever.

Bonus Features

  • Feature-length documentary: Buñuel’s Prisoners
  • Interview with director Salvador Simó
  • Theatrical Trailer
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September 3, 2019

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT FUNAN ON HOME VIDEO

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT

Funan

Winner of the top prizes at the Annecy Animation Festival and the Animation is Film Festival, the critically acclaimed drama Funan is a searing and remarkable debut from filmmaker Denis Do. Based on the true life stories of his family’s harrowing experience under the Khmer Rouge, this thrilling story of love, loss and enduring hope in the most trying of times makes its debut as a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack December 3rd, 2019 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Featuring the voices of Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Louis Garrel (The Dreamers), as well as a new English-language version, the release also includes an interview with director Dennis Do, storyboards and concept art as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Cambodia, April 1975. Chou is a young woman whose everyday world is suddenly upended by the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime. During the chaos of the forced exile from their home, Chou and her husband are separated from their 4-year-old son, who has been sent to an unknown location. As she navigates her new reality, working in the fields day and night under the careful watch of soldiers, and surviving the small indignities and harrowing realities of the increasingly grim work camps, Chou remains steadfast in her determination to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything.

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August 29, 2019

Kino Lorber and GKIDS Release “This Magnificent Cake!”

Kino Lorber and GKIDS Release 
Critically-Acclaimed, Stop-Motion Animation Festival Hit
This Magnificent Cake!
on Blu-ray and DVD September 24
Includes Behind-the-Scenes Gallery, Bonus Short Films, and
an Interview with Director Marc James Roels
Kino Lorber and GKIDS are proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of This Magnificent Cake! (Ce Magnifique Gâteau!), written and directed by Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef. An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival, This Magnificent Cake! is an unforgettable work of stop-motion animation exploring the bitter milieu of Belgium-occupied Congo. Acclaimed filmmaker Barry Jenkins (MoonlightIf Beale Street Could Talk) called it “My favorite film of the year.”
This Magnificent Cake! becomes available on Blu-ray and DVD September 24, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes gallery, an interview with director Marc James Roels, and two short films: The Burden (2017, directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr) and Oh Willy… (2012, directed by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels).
In the late 19th century, keen to compete with other European imperial powers on the continent, King Leopold II of Belgium proclaimed, “I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake.” The subsequent occupation of the Congo would come to attract a contingent of servants, merchants and miscellaneous bourgeois driven by everything from insatiable greed to existential fear.
From the intimate stories of these characters-many of whom pass through a luxury hotel in the middle of the jungle-emerges a greater narrative concerning the imperialist mentality. In a film by turns surreal, darkly comic and brutal, directors Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef ultimately turn their critical gaze on the colonists themselves in a work of stunning, mysterious beauty.
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