Texas' Fantastic Fest to Host U.S. Premiere of Princess Kaguya Film

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
September 18-25 event in Austin to also screen Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe film

Film distributor GKids announced on Wednesday that Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya film will have its United States premiere at Texas' Fantastic Fest film event. The event will be held on September 18-25 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas.

The film's North American premiere will be held at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Monday, September 8.

TIFF describes the story:

Okina (voiced by Takeo Chii) is a bamboo cutter in ancient rural Japan. One day in the forest, he finds a tiny baby in the folds of a bamboo shoot. He brings the creature home to his wife Ounaa (Nobuko Miyamoto) and they decide to keep her and raise her as a princess. She is clearly not of this world. Kaguya (Aki Asakura) grows at an unnatural rate, soon maturing into an uncommonly beautiful young woman. Since Okina has now also found a cache of gold and treasure in the forest, every suitor wants Kaguya. But this is not a fairytale of courtship and marriage. True to the Studio Ghibli that brought us Ponyo and Kiki's Delivery Service, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya follows this strange young female as she creates her own identity.

The film is slated for release in North America on October 17. Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, The 5th Wave) will star as the title character. The dub cast will also include James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain.

The film won the Animation Film Award at the 68th Mainichi Film Awards, and it was screened at Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight but did not receive any awards.

Fantastic Fest will also screen Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe, Takashi Miike's Over Your Dead Body, and David Boyle's Man From Reno (Rino Kara Kita Otoko).

The film will also screen during the Loft Film Fest on October 16-19 in Tucson, Arizona.

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