Movie News: Ghibli’s “When Marnie Was There”
When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie), which had its North American premiere at the New York International Children’s Film Festival in February, will be released theatrically by GKIDS on May 22 in New York and Los Angeles. A nationwide expansion into all major markets will follow.
The film is directed by Ghibli veteran Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who has animated several Ghibli productions and previously directed the Secret World of Arietty, the highest-grossing Ghibli film in North America.
The voice cast of the English dub includes Hailee Steinfeld as Anna, Kiernan Shipka as Marnie, as well as Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, John C. Reilly, Raini Rodriguez and Vanessa Williams.
The story, adapted from the novel by Joan G. Robinson, features a number of Ghibli hallmarks, following an ailing young girl in the country who meets a mysterious, blond-haired girl named Marnie.
When Marnie Was There made over $30 million during its 2014 theatrical run in Japan.
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