GKIDS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR
“A LETTER TO MOMO”
OPENS JULY 23 AT NYC’S IFC CENTER
FOLLOWED BY NATIONAL EXPANSION IN TOP MARKETS ACROSS THE U.S.
WINNER GRAND PRIZE – NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
“As gorgeous as ‘Momo’ is to behold, the film’s sensitive portrayal of a teenager dealing with grief proves its most compelling element. With its complex characterizations and multiple storylines, the toon rivals mature live-action drama. Even so, the animation medium is essential to its unique surreal touches— especially the stunning climactic sequence, which rivals even ‘Spirited Away’ as Momo’s mother falls ill and the spirits must intervene to help save her life.”
New York, NY – June 3, 2014 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced that it will release A LETTER TO MOMO at New York’s IFC Center on July 23, 2014. Following the New York opening, the film, directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, will then expand to several top markets across the U.S. including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Washington, D.C., Boston, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle.
A LETTER TO MOMO is the wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand drawn tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight – and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words “Dear Momo” but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. A LETTER TO MOMO was seven years in the making, and the handmade animation is superb, from the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island’s Shinto shrines to the climactic finale – a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits that is the best cinematic flight of supernatural fancy in many years.
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