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‘Mary and The Witch's Flower’ to Premiere in Theaters Jan. 18

The debut feature from Studio Ponoc will screen in movie theaters nationwide, featuring an exclusive interview with the Academy Award-nominated filmmakers.

GKIDS and Fathom Events present Jan. 18 a nationwide theatrical premiere event for Studio Ponoc’s debut feature, ‘Mary and The Witch’s Flower.’

DENVER -- GKIDS and Fathom Events will give the much-anticipated debut title from Studio Ponoc, Mary and The Witch's Flower, a special one-night national premiere on the big screen Jan. 18, followed by a wide theatrical release.

This fantasy adventure is the second collaboration between Academy Award-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (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 Jan. 18 for a special premiere event with two showings: one at 7 p.m. (dubbed in English featuring Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent); and the second at 8 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 Jan. 19.

Tickets for the Jan. 18 screenings of Mary and The Witch's Flower can be purchased beginning Oct. 20, by visiting or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available Oct. 20 on the Fathom Events website.

Here’s how the studio describes the movie:

Mary, an ordinary 12-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.

Source: GKIDS

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