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Takahata & Ghibli's Tale of Princess Kaguya Heads to Cannes

posted on by Andre Pappas
No other animated films to screen at the Directors' Fortnight

The Cannes Film Festival's official Directors' Fortnight website added The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the latest film from Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko), to its schedule on Tuesday.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is the only animated film to screen at the Directors' Fortnight.

The movie is based on the famous Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), which centers on a princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The film won the Animation Film Award at the 68th Mainichi Film Awards.

Distribution company GKIDS will release the film in North America this year. The Studio Ghibli film premiered last November in Japan and topped box office charts during its opening weekend. The film sold 222,822 tickets to earn 284,252,550 yen (about US$2.8 million) on 456 screens.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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