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January 22, 2019

GKIDS EARNS HISTORIC 11th ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATION WITH MAMORU HOSODA’S “MIRAI”

GKIDS EARNS HISTORIC 11th ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATION FOR

“BEST ANIMATED FEATURE” WITH MAMORU HOSODA’S “MIRAI”

 

Mirai, US Poster

 

Critically-Acclaimed Film is Also Nominee of 2 Annie Awards

Including “Best Animated Feature – Independent”

 

LOS ANGELES (January 22, 2019) – GKIDS’ MIRAI, directed and written by Mamoru Hosoda, was nominated this morning for an Academy Award for “Best Animated Feature” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It marks a historic 11th Oscar® nod for the studio since earning its first in 2010, the most nominations for an independent company in this category. The critically-acclaimed MIRAI world premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival in Directors’ Fortnight, a rare honor for a Japanese animated film. MIRAI marks the first Japanese animated feature outside of the famed Studio Ghibli to receive an Oscar® nomination. The director Mamoru Hosoda’s previous four features have all been awarded the Japan Academy Prize for “Animation of the Year,” of which MIRAI is currently a nominee. To date, it has garnered two Annie Award® nominations including “Best Animated Feature – Independent,” and previously earned Critics Choice and Golden Globe® Award nominations. MIRAI is currently playing in select theaters nationwide.

Over the past nine years, GKIDS has scored an astounding 11 Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016, My Life as a Zucchini in 2017, The Breadwinner in 2018, and now MIRAI in 2019.

“I have just received word that Mirai has been nominated for the 91st Academy Awards. I am really surprised and also deeply honored. This film is about the everyday life and growth of a young child, depicted in a matter-of-fact way. The fact that it has been chosen with the other films about heroes is very meaningful and significant to me. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for selecting this film.” said writer/director Hosoda.

“I am so happy for Mamoru Hosoda, Yuichiro Saito, the entire team at Studio Chizu, and everyone at GKIDS for taking us to the Oscars six years in a row. Go see Mirai!” said Eric Beckman, GKIDS Founder and CEO.

About “MIRAI”

From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan’s Studio Chizu comes Mirai, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai… until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future?

An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.

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January 18, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO ANNIE AWARD-NOMINATED FILM “THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE!”

FROM DIRECTORS MARC JAMES ROELS AND EMMA DE SWAEF

FILM PREVIOUSLY PLAYED CANNES, TELLURIDE AND TORONTO FESTIVALS

 LOS ANGELES THEATRICAL RELEASE SET FOR MARCH 1, 2019

 

NEW YORK (January 18, 2019) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE!. GKIDS will release the film theatrically in Los Angeles on March 1, 2019.

THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE! is a mid-length stop-motion animated film set in the bitter milieu of Belgium-occupied Congo in the late 19th century that turns a critical gaze on the colonists themselves. An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Animation Is Film Festival, the film received an Annie Award nomination for Best Independent Animated Feature, the Andre-Martin Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the top feature animation prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The all-rights deal was negotiated by GKIDS President David Jesteadt and Marcin Łuczaj of New Europe Film Sales.

This Magnificent Cake! is like nothing I have ever seen before,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “It is a triumph of filmmaking and craftsmanship, to tell a story of such power and nuance through detailed stop-motion animation. As a critical examination of a dark legacy whose effects are still being felt today, this is a timely and provocative film that has already sparked conversations at film festivals around the globe.”

 “We are very happy that Marc and Emma’s film has found a home at GKIDS, which is the best place for quality animation in the US,” said Jan Naszewski, CEO of New Europe Film Sales.

SYNOPSIS

An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival, THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE! (CE MAGNIFIQUE GÂTEAU!) is an unforgettable work of stop-motion animation exploring the bitter milieu of Belgium-occupied Congo. 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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January 16, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES USA DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO “Funan”

CRISTAL AWARD-WINNER AT ANNECY ANIMATION FESTIVAL AND

GRAND PRIZE & AUDIENCE AWARD-WINNER AT ANIMATION IS FILM FESTIVAL

THEATRICAL RELEASE SET FOR SPRING 2019

NEW YORK (January 16, 2019) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the US distribution rights for the animated feature FUNAN, the inspiring and emotionally-searing debut from filmmaker Denis Do, based on his own family story, which won the top prizes at the Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival and the Animation is Film Festival. GKIDS will release the film theatrically this spring.

FUNAN follows Chou, a young woman living in the chaos of 1975 Cambodia, amid the arrival of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. When she and her husband are separated from their 4-year-old son during a forced exile from their home, Chou remains determined to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything.

The all-rights deal was negotiated by David Jesteadt of GKIDS and Gilles Sousa of BAC Films.

“Denis has created a truly remarkable and personal film,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “Funan is the perfect example of animation’s ability to tell all kinds of stories, for all kinds of audiences. I can’t wait to share this special film with as many people as possible.”

SYNOPSIS

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. Winner of the top prizes at the Annecy Animation Festival and the Animation is Film Festival, Funan is a searing and remarkable debut from filmmaker Denis Do, who uses his own family history as inspiration for a thrilling story of love, loss and enduring hope in the most trying of times. Featuring the voices of Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Louis Garrel (The Dreamers).

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December 12, 2018

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES”

FROM DIRECTOR SALVADOR SIMÓ

 

 

NEW YORK (December 12, 2018) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES. GKIDS will release the film theatrically next year.

 

BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES made its world premiere at this year’s Animation Is Film Festival, garnering a Special Jury Prize for its innovative handling of unexpected subject matter. The film from The Glow Animation/Sygnatia and Submarine animation studios, was co-written and directed by Salvador Simó, and produced by Manuel Cristobal. BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF TURTLES captures an early moment in the career of master surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel and his friend and new benefactor Ramón Acin, who set out to make the unexpected and ambitious documentary on the Las Hurdes region in Spain. The film is sold worldwide by Latido Films, and the all-rights deal was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Latido Films’ Antonio Saura.

 

“Luis Buñuel constantly pushed the visual and storytelling boundaries of cinema,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “It’s only fitting that the story of such a unique and legendary artist would be told through animation, in a wonderful film that uses the medium to its full potential.”

 

SYNOPSIS

In a stranger-than-fiction tale befitting the master surrealist filmmaker, BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES tells the true story of how Luis Buñuel made his second movie. Paris, 1930. Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel are main figures of the Surrealist movement, but Buñuel is left penniless after a scandal surrounding 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 his next film. Incredibly, luck is on their side, and so they set out to make the movie, an ambitious documentary on the Las Hurdes region in Spain. Both a buddy adventure and fascinating episode of cinematic history, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles presents a deeply affecting and humanistic portrait of an artist hunting for his purpose.

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December 11, 2018

GKIDS Acquires North American Rights to “Okko’s Inn” From Director Kitaro Kosaka

THEATRICAL RELEASE SET FOR APRIL 2019

NEW YORK (December 17, 2018) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature OKKO’S INN, the new feature film from Studio Ghibli veteran animator Kitaro Kosaka. The film world premiered at the 2018 Annecy International Film Festival, and additionally played at Animation is Film this past October. GKIDS will release the film theatrically next year in both its original Japanese language and a new English dubbed version.

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