GKIDS and Fathom Events are partnering on the much-anticipated debut title from Studio Ponoc, “Mary and The Witch’s Flower,” which will get a special one-night national premiere on the big screen this January, prior to its wide theatrical release. This stunning, action-packed fantasy adventure is the second collaboration between Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (who directed Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty) and fellow two-time Academy Award®-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There).
Presented by GKIDS, Fathom Events and Studio Ponoc, “Mary and The Witch’s Flower” will hit cinemas nationwide on Thursday, January 18 for a special premiere event with two showings, one at 7:00 p.m. (dubbed in English featuring Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent) and the second at 8:00 p.m. (subtitled in English) local time. In addition to the feature content, audiences will be treated to an exclusive interview with the filmmakers as well as a special commemorative item (while supplies last at select locations). “Mary and The Witch’s Flower” will open in select cinemas nationwide for regular screenings starting January 19.
Tickets for the January 18 screenings of “Mary and The Witch’s Flower
” can be purchased beginning Friday, October 20, by visiting www.FathomEvents.com
or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available October 20 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Mary, an ordinary twelve-year-old girl, is bored and lonely during a summer holiday. She follows an odd cat into the nearby woods where she stumbles upon a flower and then a little broomstick. Together the flower and broomstick whisk her above the clouds, far away to Endor College – a school of magic! At Endor, Mary tells a lie that leads to peril, and then a promise, while discovering that all is not as it seems at the school – there are experiments that horrify. Soon she confronts great danger, and a test of her resolve.
“Studio Ponoc has created a remarkable debut with ‘Mary and The Witch’s Flower,’ full of the beauty and adventure we have come to expect from such an accomplished filmmaking team,” said David Jesteadt, President of GKIDS. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with the filmmakers, as well as Fathom Events, to create a very special night for fans that have been anticipating this film for as long as we have.”
“Fathom is thrilled to bring audiences the first look at the first film from Japan’s Studio Ponoc with this special one-night premiere of ‘Mary and The Witch’s Flower,'” said Kymberli Frueh, Fathom Events VP of Programming. “This is an enchanting, gorgeously animated, fantasy-adventure, and the perfect event to kick off the 2018 slate of anime and animated offerings we are presenting with GKIDS.”