Giovanni's Island International Premiere at the NYICFF 2014

Feb 21st 2014
Mizuho Nishikubo's new animated feature film, "Giovanni's Island" is part of the official feature film selection at the 17th New York International Children's Film Festival, to be held in New York, USA from March 7 to 30, 2014. The screening at NYICFF 2014 marks the movie's international premiere.


NYICFF describes "Giovanni's Island" as follows:
"An elegance and beauty permeates the hand-drawn animation and symphonic score of the film, creating a timeless drama where moments of emotional impact are tempered by animated flights of whimsy and fantasy, as the brothers prove much larger in spirit and strength than their rosy-cheeked, small frames would suggest. There is a true to life sense of the loss of home and family, as the film shows how kids readily adapt to even the most difficult circumstances, the way they are asked to take on larger responsibilities, and how they are blameless for the difficult situations that adults sometimes create for them."

Screening schedule:
Date: March 22, 2014 (Sat)
Time: 18:45
Place: SVA Theatre

Screening schedule may change. Please check NYICFF 2014 official
website: http://www.gkids.com/

ABOUT NYICFF
Established in 1997, NYICFF is an Oscar qualifying event and North America's largest film festival for children and teens. The most recent edition attracted a sold-out-in-advance audience of 30,000 and generated over 200 million media impressions. The NYICFF 2014 jury includes Uma Thurman, Gus van Sant, James Schamus, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Richard Pena, Jeffrey Wright, Matthew Modine and Henry Selick.

ABOUT GIOVANNI'S ISLAND
"Giovanni's Island" (original title: Giovanni no Shima) a new animated feature film directed by Mamoru Oshii's longtime collaborator, Mizuho Nishikubo, and penned by Shigemichi Sugita (Kita no kuni kara / From the Northern Lands) and Yoshiki Sakurai (Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C.). The film is presented by the Japan Association of Music Enterprises (JAME) to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and it opens in Japan on February 22, 2014 by Warner Entertainment Japan. Production I.G has produced the animation and is handling international sales worldwide

STORY
In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on this unhealed border in a remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Based on true events.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: MIZUHO NISHIKUBO
Born in 1953. A longtime and most trusted collaborator of Mamoru Oshii, Nishikubo has worked as animation director under his real name of Toshihiko Nishikubo in most Oshii's animated films, including "Ghost in the Shell" (1995), Palme d'Or-nominee "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" (2004) and Golden Lion-nominee "The Sky Crawlers" (2008). It is said that Oshii's movies wouldn't look the same without his contribution. His credits as director include, "Video Girl Ai" (1992, OVA), "Otogi Zoshi" (2004,
TV series) and "Atagoal: Cat's Magical Forest" (2006, movie). He also directed the music clip "Tsepi i kol'tsa / Chains & Rings" (2003) for Russian rock star Linda, and the internationally praised NEXT A-Class commercial film for Mercedes-Benz (600,000 views on YouTube in 3 days). His latest feature film, "Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai" (2009), written by Mamoru Oshii, screened in Locarno, Sitges, Warsaw, Stockholm and Vladivostok.

ABOUT THE SCRIPTWRITER: SHIGEMICHI SUGITA
Born in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, in 1943. A multi-awarded director, scriptwriter and film producer, he is probably best known for directing the hugely successful Hokkaido-set TV drama series, "Kita no Kuni kara" (From the Northern Lands), that started in 1981 and ran for 21 years, spanning one season and several specials, with audience share peaking 38.4%. He directed a number of other popular dramas (including "Shonen H / A Boy Called H", from the award-winning novel by Kappa Senoo) and three feature films, namely "Yushun - Oracion" (1988, from Teru Miyamoto's novel), "Last Song" (1994), and Japan Academy Prize-winner "Saigo no Chushingura" (The Last Ronin, 2010). He is currently chairman of the All Nippon Producers Association and President & CEO of Nihon Eiga Satellite Broadcasting Corporation.

ABOUT PRODUCTION I.G
Established by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa in 1987, Production I.G is one of the world's leading animation studios. With its cutting-edge works, such as "Ghost in the Shell" (1995), "Jin-Roh" (2000), "Blood: The Last Vampire" (2000), "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (animation segment, 2003), "Innocence" (2004), "The Sky Crawlers" (2008), "Oblivion Island" (2009) and "A Letter to Momo" (2012), I.G has gained high reputation around the globe, inspiring Hollywood creators such as James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski brothers.

Official Website: http://www.production-ig.com
Publicity/Int'l Sales Contact: [email protected]

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