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    GKIDS and Fathom Events Bring OKKO`S INN to U.S. Cinemas in April

    Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: waka-okami.jp (Japan), OkkosInn.com (US) Special Thanks to Katherine Schwappach and Erik Stein GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, continue their collaboration to bring treasured animated features to U.S. cinemas with OKKO`S INN (?????????, Waka Okami wa Sh?gakusei!, 2018). The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli, OKKO`S INN seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with storybook charm in a heartfelt journey about growing up and finding one’s way. The film OKKO`S INN follows Okko, who goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters, after losing her parents in a car accident. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see -- not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. The inn’s motto is that it welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself. OKKO`S INN delivers a rare ghost story that -- despite several floating characters -- is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity. In addition to the feature, attendees will view an introduction from director Kitaro Kosaka. Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. (English dubbed) Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. (in Japanese with English subtitles) Tickets for OKKO`S INN can be purchased online by visiting FathomEvents.com or OkkosInn.com and at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy these events in approximately 500 select movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

    About Fathom Events

    Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like Copa America Centenario, concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series and inspirational events such as To Joey With Love. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 896 locations and 1,383 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit fathomevents.com.

    About GKIDS

    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 -- including THE SECRET OF KELLS, A CAT IN PARIS, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and BOY AND THE WORLD. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki`s 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. GKIDS founder and CEO Eric Beckman is also co-founder of New York International Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest film festival for children and teens.
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