Japan’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower to open in North American theatres this winter


Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the highly anticipated debut feature from Japan’s Studio Ponoc will be landing in North American theatres this winter thanks to a deal with GKIDS.

The deal was negotiated by Mike Runagall for Altitude Film Sales and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.

The story of Mary and the Witch’s Flower centers on an ordinary young girl named Mary who discovers a flower that grants magical powers but only for one night.

As she is whisked into an exciting new world beyond belief, she must learn to stay true to herself. The film is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick with a script by Riko Sakaguchi.

This inaugural feature is directed by Academy Award nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Studio Ponoc founder and two-time Oscar nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura.

It was released in Japan on July 8 by Toho.

Among the films GKIDS handled for the US earlier were  Princess Kaguya, Marnie and Arrietty which yet remains the highest grossing Ghibli release in the US.