GKIDS has acquired North American rights to the first release from Japanese Studio Ponoc – Mary and the Witch’s Flower, directed by Academy Award® nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty, When Marnie Was There).
Mary and the Witch’s Flower is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book, “The Little Broomstick,” and features a script by Riko Sakaguchi. The story centers on an ordinary young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower will be released in theaters this winter.
STUDIO PONOC has previously released the following Japanese trailer for the film, which opened at the Japanese box office on July 8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P883TzxWuQ
ABOUT STUDIO PONOC
Founded by two-time Oscar®-nominated Yoshiaki Nishimura, Japan’s Studio Ponoc unites the talents of former Studio Ghibli animators, artists and storytellers to create a new animation studio dedicated to breathtaking hand-drawn and hand-painted animated works for audiences young and old. The Studio’s first film is Mary and the Witch’s Flower, directed by Oscar®-nominated director Hiromasa “Maro” Yonebayashi, based on the classic 1971 novel The Little Broomstick by British author Mary Stewart. The film is already a critical and box office hit in Japan, and will be bringing Studio Ponoc’s stunning artistry to audiences worldwide starting Fall 2017.
The Altitude Film Entertainment group comprises Altitude Film Production led by Will Clarke, chairman and joint-CEO with Andy Mayson; Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall; and Altitude Film Distribution with Head of Distribution Hamish Moseley.
The Altitude sales slate includes Beats directed by Brian Welsh and executive produced by Academy Award®-winning director Steven Soderbergh; Sophie Brooks’ Tribeca Film Festival hit The Boy Downstairs starring Zosia Mamet and Matthew Shear; My Friend Dahmerdirected by Marc Meyers starring Ross Lynch, Anne Heche and Alex Wolff; Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars directed by Academy Award® winner Lili Fini Zanuck, BAFTA Award nominated producer John Battsek and BAFTA Award nominated editor Chris King; Mary and The Witch’s Flower from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, the filmmaking team behind the 2015 Oscar®-nominated When Marnie Was There; writer/director/producer/actor Noel Clarke’s 10X10 starring Luke Evans and Kelly Reilly; Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) directed by Tom Edmunds and starring Tom Wilkinson and Aneurin Barnard; Black 47, directed by Lance Daly and starring Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford and Sarah Greene; Untitled Whitney Houston Documentary from Academy Award®-winning director Kevin Macdonald and Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn; Maradona from the Academy Award-winning team behind Amy and Senna; Ghost Stories, directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman based on their international smash hit play and 47 Meters Down directed by Johannes Roberts, starring Claire Holt, Mandy Moore and Matthew Modine.
GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding nine Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Ritain 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, and My Life as a Zucchini in 2017. GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. This fall, GKIDS is launching ANIMATION IS FILM, an annual LA-based film festival produced in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety Magazine. The first edition unspools October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.