Weathering With You Film Starts Oscar-Qualifying Run in Santa Monica on Friday

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Film to screen for 1-week at Monica Film Center

The Laemmle Theater's Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, California will begin screening Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You film on Friday. According to the theater's website, the film will screen there until Thursday, December 5.

All films submitted for the Animated Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards must have a seven-day run in a Los Angeles County theater to qualify for consideration. The film is being submitted both for consideration for the Animated Feature Film category and the Best International Feature Film category.

Fathom Events will screen the film in theaters in the United States on January 15 and 16. The screenings will be a "Special Fan Preview" with exclusive bonus content before GKIDS opens the film in North America on January 17. The screenings starting on January 17 will have both English-subtitled screenings and English-dub screenings.

Weathering With You opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan on July 19. The film sold 1,159,020 tickets for 1,643,809,400 yen (about US$15.22 million) in its first three days in 358 theaters. The film ranked #1 in its opening weekend. The film has so far earned 13.9 million yen (about US$127 million). The film is now the #7 highest-earning domestic film of all time in Japan and the highest-grossing film in Japan this year.

GKIDS has licensed the film for North America, and it describes the story:

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong­willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky...

The anime won the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles in October, and also won the Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia earlier this month.

Thanks to Patrick King for the news tip.

Sources: Laemmle Monica Film Center's Facebook page and website

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