GKids to Show Up on Poppy Hill, A Letter to Momo in LA

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Ghibli's Up on Poppy Hill vying for Academy Award nomination

Animation licensor and distributor GKids will screen From Up on Poppy Hill and A Letter to Momo at its animation showcase in southern California. The GKids Animation Showcase will show both films along with other titles from November 14 to November 18 at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theater in North Hollywood and at the AMC Burbank 16 in Burbank, California.

Up on Poppy Hill will play at Laemmle NoHo 7 on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. A Letter to Momo will then be previewed at Laemmle NoHo 7 on Saturday, November 17 at 9:45 pm.

Goro Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill follows a group of Yokohama teens in their quest against a wrecking ball that threatens to destroy their school's clubhouse in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. GKids submitted the film for the 85th Academy Awards category of Best Animated Picture. GKids intends to run the film in Los Angeles County to qualify for the awards consideration, before opening it in New York and Los Angeles on March 15.

GKids is showing a special sneak preview of A Letter to Momo before releasing the film in theaters in Summer 2013 to qualify for the Academy Awards that will be held in early 2014.

The story follows a girl named Momo who struggles with her father's sudden passing and her move to the countryside. Momo finds an otherworldly surprise at her new home. The film held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011, and it opened in Japan on April 21. The film received the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at this year's New York International Children's Film Festival, won the main prize in the "Feature Film" category at the Czech AniFest, and competed at France's Annecy film festival in June.

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