New York, NY -- Animation distributor GKIDS announced that Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya will screen at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section. It is the first film in fourteen years from legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. GKIDS has North American distribution rights for the film and is planning a fall 2014 theatrical release and Awards submissions.
Additionally, the film has been chosen as opening night film of the Annecy International Animation Festival, where Isao Takahata will be honored with the Special Cristal Award for his contributions to the world of animation.
Eight years in the making, the film is the untold story of The Princess Kaguya, the heroine of the ancient Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
An English-language version is being produced by Studio Ghibli and Geoffrey Wexler, with Frank Marshall of Kennedy/Marshall Executive Producing. This is the same team that handled English versions for the two previous Studio Ghibli films, The Wind Rises and From Up on Poppy Hill.
GKIDS and Studio Ghibli partnered on the 2013 release of the animated feature From Up on Poppy Hill and GKIDS handles North American theatrical distribution for the Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles including Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS also handles theatrical distribution for Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies, widely considered a masterpiece.