GKIDS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR
OPENS MAY 10 IN NEW YORK
FOLLOWED BY EXPANSION TO LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO,
BOSTON, ATLANTA AND OTHER CITIES BEGINNING MAY 24
New York, New York – April 17, 2013 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adults and family audiences, announced that it will release an English language version of Jean-Francois Laguionie’s THE PAINTING (Le Tableau) on May 10. The film will open in New York, followed by expansion beginning on May 24 to cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Atlanta.
THE PAINTING, French animation auteur Jean-Francois Laguionie’s latest work, is a wryly-inventive parable executed in a stunning painterly style. A kingdom is divided into the three castes: the fully painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, frail charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. Chastised for her forbidden love for an Alldunn and shamed by her unadorned face, Halfie Claire runs away into the forest. Her beloved Ramo and best friend Lola journey after her, passing between the forbidden Death Flowers that guard the boundaries of the forest, and arriving finally at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own animated world – and in a feast for both the eyes and imagination, they explore first one picture and then another, attempting to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations.
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored three Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations in the past three years, with The Secret of Kells in 2010 and both A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012 – marking the first time an independent distributor has had two simultaneous nominations in the category. 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 the latest film, From Up on Poppy Hill, now in theaters. GKIDS is longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Jeffrey Wright, Gus van Sant, Christine Vachon, John Canemaker, Evan Shapiro and James Schamus.