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).
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.