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Mary and The Witch’s Flower Premieres in American Theaters on January 18th 2018 (Nationwide January 19th)
GKIDS and Fathom Events announced on Wednesday that they will premiere Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) film in U.S. theaters on Thursday, January 18. Regular screenings will start nationwide on January 19.
The premiere event will have two screenings: the English dub will screen at 7:00 p.m. local time and the English-subtitled version will screen at 8:00 p.m. local time. The screenings will include an exclusive interview with filmmakers and a commemorative item. Fathom Events will post a list of theaters when it opens ticket sales on Friday.
The film opened in Japan on July 8 and has earned 3 billion yen (US$28 million).
Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who directed Studio Ghibli’s Arrietty and When Marnie Was There, directed Mary and The Witch’s Flower, and also penned the script for the film alongside Riko Sakaguchi, who wrote the screenplay for Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Takatsugu Muramatsu (When Marnie Was There) composed the music. Yoshiaki Nishimura is credited as producer. The staff page on the film’s website further noted that many former staff from Studio Ghibli joined Ponoc in the film’s production.
The BFG’s Ruby Barnhill stars in the dub as the titular character Mary, and Kate Winslet (Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Mountain Between Us) plays school chairwoman Madam Mumblechook. Jim Broadbent, who co-starred with Winslet in Iris, plays Mumblechook’s colleague Doctor Dee. Other cast members include Ewen Bremner, Lynda Baron, Rasmus Hardiker, Teresa Gallagher, Morwenna Banks, and Louis Ashbourne Serkis.
The film is based on Mary Stewart’s book The Little Broomstick. Studio Ponoc scouted locations in Shropshire, U.K., the setting of the original novel. The Japanese version stars Hana Sugisaki (When Marnie Was There, live-action Blade of the Immortal) as Mary and Ryunosuke Kamiki (The Secret World of Arrietty’s Sho, your name.’s Taki) as Peter.
Indie distributor GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights to Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the inaugural feature from Japan-based Studio Ponoc.
The film is directed by Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There) and is produced by Studio Ponoc founder and two-time Academy Award-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There).
GKIDS distributed Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There, both of which were nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower was written by Riko Sakaguchi, based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick. It tells the story of a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.
A winter release is planned. The deal was negotiated by Mike Runagall for Altitude Film Sales and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.
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Oscar Isaac will star in World War II thriller “The Garbo Network” with Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment launching sales at the Berlin Film Festival. The script for “The Garbo Network” was written by William Wheeler and will be produced by Cooper, Saperstein, Chuck Weinstock, Jason Spire, and Isaac. The film is based on the true story of Juan Pujol Garcia, an eccentric double-agent who, with no military or covert training, somehow persuaded both the Germans and the British to hire him as a spy. His real allegiance was to England, and working closely with MI5, he created a fictional network of 27 spies said to be spread out over England, Scotland, and Ireland. The ruse helped the English to deceive the Germans about the invasion of Normandy.
Garcia is the only man in the history of World War II to receive distinguished medals of honor from opposing sides: the German Iron Cross and the Member of the Order of the British Empire.
“Juan Pujol Garcia is unlike any character we’ve seen on film – he’s a chameleon and a master manipulator, deeply haunted by his past, with an unreadable agenda… and his actions have world-changing consequences,” Cooper said.
Storyscape is also producing Michael Fassbender’s “Entering Hades,” which is set up at Broad Green, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “War Magician,” which is set up at Studio Canal. (via variety.com)