GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO
THE STUDIO GHIBLI DOCUMENTARY
THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS
AT ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL
New York, NY – June 12, 2014 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for the North American rights to the documentary, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, prior to its appearance at Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
Directed by Mami Sunada (Death of a Japanese Salesman) the film provides a rare fly-on-the-wall look at the inner workings of one of the world’s most enigmatic and successful animation studios.
The deal was negotiated by Geoffrey Wexler for Studio Ghibli and Eric Beckman for GKIDS. In addition to The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, GKIDS distributes Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill, as well Isao Takahata’s upcoming The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, which will release theatrically and be submitted for awards consideration in fall, 2014. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for the Studio Ghibli library.
Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” look at the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.
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.
GKIDS is the distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in feature animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored four Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – the most for an independent distributor – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, and Ernest & Celestine in 2014. Current and upcoming releases include Ernest & Celestine, featuring Forrest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright; Wrinkles, featuring Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe; the newest Studio Ghibli film, Isao Tahakata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya; and the highly anticipated Song of the Sea from Tomm Moore, director of The Secret of Kells. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for the Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is the 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 Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Gus van Sant, Christine Vachon, Henry Selick and James Schamus. www.gkidsfilms.com