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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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December 6, 2018

GKIDS’ “MIRAI” EARNS 2019 GOLDEN GLOBE® NOMINATION FOR “BEST MOTION PICTURE – ANIMATED”

GKIDS’ “MIRAI” EARNS 2019 GOLDEN GLOBE® NOMINATION FOR “BEST MOTION PICTURE – ANIMATED,”

MARKING FIRST JAPANESE FILM TO BE HONORED IN THIS CATEGORY

 

Critically-Acclaimed Film is Also Nominee of 2 Annie Awards

Including “Best Animated Feature – Independent” and

Nominated by LA Online Film Critics Society for “Best Animated Feature”

 

 

LOS ANGELES (December 6, 2018) – GKIDS’ MIRAI, directed and written by Mamoru Hosoda, was nominated this morning for a Golden Globe for “Best Motion Picture – Animated” by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. To date, the feature film has also garnered two Annie Award® nominations including “Best Animated Feature – Independent,” and earned a nomination from the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society (LAOFCS).

MIRAI made its world premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, a rare honor for a Japanese animated film. The film is GKIDS’ third Golden Globe nomination after last year’s The Breadwinner and 2016’s My Life as a Zucchini which both went on to receive Academy Award® nominations for “Best Animated Feature.” MIRAI is currently playing in theaters nationwide.

“I’m just so surprised that my film’s been nominated for the 76th Golden Globe Awards! It gives me great joy to think that my film could reach a wider audience, and more people could enjoy my little film. Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this honor,” said writer/director Hosoda.

“Mamoru Hosoda is a great, humanist filmmaker — more than an animator – he is a great filmmaker whose chosen medium is animation. He wrote and directed a beautiful, sensitive film from the heart, a deeply personal story about family, love, life, and the passage of time that brings laughter and tears in equal measure. I am grateful to the HFPA for nominating ‘Mirai,’ and so happy that Hosoda-san is getting this most deserved recognition,” 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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November 7, 2018

LU OVER THE WALL ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FEBRUARY 5, 2019

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT LU OVER THE WALL

ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FEBRUARY 5, 2019

 

 

Los Angeles, CA – The fun new musical feature Lu Over the Wall from anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl) will be released on Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack, DVD and digital download on February 5, 2019 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. An official selection of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Cristal, the highest prize of the 2017 Annecy International Animation Festival, Lu Over the Wall makes its home video debut following a limited theatrical release this year. This release is presented in both the original Japanese language and English dub versions. Bonus features include audio commentary and an interview with Director Masaaki Yuasa, trailers and TV spots.

 

From the visionary mind of Yuasa comes a joyous twist on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame.

 

After his family moves from Tokyo to a small fishing village, teenager Kai spends his days sulking and adrift. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their jam sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance. But when an ancient prophecy threatens Lu and the village, Kai and his new friends must save the day in this toe-tapping adventure for the entire family.

Bonus Features:

  • Interview with Director Masaaki Yuasa
  • Audio Commentary with Director Masaaki Yuasa
  • Trailers
  • TV Spots
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