North American Premiere, Director Q&A

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Mary and The Witch’s Flower

A Film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE – ENGLISH VERSION
In English
Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017, 103 min
Recommended ages 6+

Sunday, October 22, 5:15pm
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NOW PLAYING IN SELECT THEATERS FOR LIMITED TIME – visit www.maryandthewitchsflower.com for details and showtimes.

WITH DIRECTOR Q&A

Animation is Film is proud to present the debut film from Studio Ponoc, the ambitious new Japanese animation house founded by two-time Academy Award-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, whose reunion with fellow Academy Award-nominated, Studio Ghibli director Hiromasa Yonebayashi points towards an exciting future.

Based on the 1971 children’s novel The Little BroomstickMary and The Witch’s Flower is an all-ages action fantasy adventure that hearkens back to some of the most beloved animated films of all time, full of ingenious characters, jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, and the simple, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to figure her place in the world.

Mary is a plain, young girl, stuck in a rural British village with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. But a chance encounter with a pair of mysterious cats leads Mary into the nearby forest, where she finds an old broom stuck in the overgrowth of a nearby tree, and the strange blue glow of the fly-by-night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years. As the broom comes to life and lifts Mary high into the skies, she discovers a mysterious school for witches above the clouds. But the charming headmistress Madam Mumblechook and bumbling Doctor Dee are not all that they appear, in a twisting tale that reveals even the most ordinary-seeming children are capable of the most extraordinary adventures.

Featuring the voices of Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, and Ruby Barnhill.

 

Press reviews:

A SIMPLY DELIGHTFUL FILM!

MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER IS DESTINED TO BE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIES!

A big, animated film that give you chills with a perfect combination of visuals, music and emotion. It’s a fun, family friendly adventure that dives deep into your heart and plants its own flower.  You can’t help but fall in love with it.

 — io9

 

AN ABSOLUTELY ENCHANTING ANIMATED ADVENTURE!

AN UTTERLY BEWITCHING DELIGHT!

There’s no shortage of fantastical invention to marvel at in Mary and the Witch’s Flower, a whimsical, winsome world… the wondrous hallways and classrooms, glinting gemstones, magical artifacts, and strange magical creatures always introducing a new moment of awe.

  — Collider 

 

 

 

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Meet Your Maker

Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Hiromasa Yonebayashi

MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER Born in 1973 in Ishikawa-ken, Japan, Hiromasa Yonebayashi studied design at the Kanazawa College of Art. During college, he worked part-time drawing caricatures and working […]

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Yoshiaki Nishimura

Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1 Born in Tokyo, 1977. Founder, Studio Ponoc. In 2002, Nishimura joined Studio Ghibli after returning from his studies in the United States. […]

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