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    Studio Ghibli`s WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE Opens May 22nd in NYC

    Source: GKIDS Inc. press release Official Movie Site: (Japan), (US)

    Don`t miss WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (????????, Omoide no Maanii, 2014), the new film from legendary Studio Ghibli, the Academy Award winning producers of SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, THE WIND RISES, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and countless other masterpieces! WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can. The film opens Friday, May 22nd at the IFC Center in New York City. When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend. Based on the young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY), WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE has been described as “Ghibli Gothic,” with its moonlit seascapes, glowing orchestral score, and powerful dramatic portrayals that build to a stormy climax. IFC Center will be screening WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE both in the original Japanese and with a new English audio track. The English voice cast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Geena Davis, John C. Reilly, and Vanessa Williams. For screening times and to purchase tickets, visit GKIDS is offering a FREE POSTER at the 10:40 and 12:50 matinees on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. IFC CENTER - 323 SIXTH AVE (AT WEST THIRD) ELINOR BUNIN MUNROE FILM CENTER - 144 WEST 65TH (LINCOLN CENTER)

    About Studio Ghibli

    Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of "the most influential people" by Time Magazine.

    About GKIDS

    GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences. Theatrical releases include Tomm Moore’s Oscar nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS, Michel Ocelot’s acclaimed AZUR & ASMAR, European Film Award Best Animated Feature winner MIA AND THE MIGOO, Nina Paley’s multiple-award-winning SITA SINGS THE BLUES, and Japan Academy Prize winner SUMMER WARS by Mamoru Hosoda. Upcoming GKIDS releases include 2011 Berlin official selection A CAT IN PARIS and Annecy winner ELEANOR`S SECRET. GKIDS is also producer of New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF is an Oscar-qualifying event and jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Gus van Sant, Matthew Modine, James Schamus, Michel Ocelot, and Christine Vachon.

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