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Ghibli's When Marnie Was There Opens in U.K. and Irish Cinemas

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Based on a British novel about two girls' friendship



Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There is released today (Friday June 10) in British and Irish cinemas. Screening times and places can be found at the 'Studio Ghibli Forever' website. The film has been rated 'U' by the BBFC.

GKids, the North American distributor for When Marnie Was There, describes the film:

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she's outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face.” Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend...

When Marnie Was There adapts Joan G. Robinson's English children's novel of the same name. In his second film, director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (2010's The Secret World of Arrietty) shifted the setting from Norfolk in the book to a Japanese village on the shores of Hokkaido. Yonebayashi wrote the screenplay with Keiko Niwa (The Secret World of Arrietty) and Masashi Ando (A Letter to Momo, Spirited Away and Paprika). Ando also handled the character designs and animation direction. Takatsugu Muramatsu composed the film's soundtrack.

The film premiered in Japan in July 2014, and was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar on January 14.


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