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February 14, 2019

GKIDS Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2019

Yes, it’s finally here – GKIDS and Fathom Events proudly announce the return of STUDIO GHIBLI FEST! Catch nine of your favorite Studio Ghibli films nationwide over the course of nine months starting in April! Each will be in theaters for two to three days only. Tickets will be on sale soon!

Howl’s Moving Castle (15th Anniversary): 4/7, 4/8, 4/10

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (35th Anniversary): 5/20, 5/22

Whisper of the Heart: 7/1 and 7/2

Kiki’s Delivery Service (30th Anniversary): 7/28, 7/29, 7/31

My Neighbor Totoro: 8/25, 8/26, 8/28

The Secret World of Arrietty: 9/29, 9/30

Spirited Away: 10/27, 10/28, 10/30

Princess Mononoke: 11/17, 11/18, 11/20

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya: 12/16/ 12/18

 

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PRINCESS MONONOKE ARRIVES IN COLLECTOR’S EDITION SET

ACCLAIMED STUDIO GHIBLI ANIMATED FEATURE PRINCESS MONONOKE

ARRIVES IN COLLECTOR’S EDITION SET IN LIMITED QUANTITIES ONLY MAY 14, 2019

FROM GKIDS, DISTRIBUTED BY SHOUT! FACTORY

 

 

From Academy Award®-Winning* Director Hayao Miyazaki

 

Los Angeles, CA – Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue Princess Mononoke in a beautiful collector’s edition release on May 14, 2019. The limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase and includes a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be a Blu-ray™ of the film paired with hours of special features, and the film’s soundtrack made available on CD for the first time in North America.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this epic fantasy film is one of the best-selling and internationally renowned films of all time. Princess Mononoke is here presented with a release perfect for collectors and animation fans who have adored the film since its initial release.

The set’s 40-page book features new essays by film critic Glenn Kenny (The New York Times, RogerEbert.com) alongside amazing imagery and statements from director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, and Miyazaki’s poems about the characters.

The first animated film to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, Princess Mononoke is Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity.

Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi and the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Special Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Princess Mononoke in USA
  • Behind the Microphone

 

*2002: Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away

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February 8, 2019

MIRAI TO RETURN TO THEATERS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 18

MIRAI TO RETURN TO THEATERS IN SELECT NATIONWIDE MARKETS

BEGINNING FEBRUARY 18TH

 

VISIT MIRAIMOVIE.COM FOR THEATER LISTINGS

Please check back there as this list will be continually updated

 

Mirai, US Poster

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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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