Napping Princess Anime Film to Premiere in New York and Los Angeles on September 8, 2017

GKIDS has announced that it will debut Kenji Kamiyama’s Napping Princess anime film in New York City’s Village East Cinema and Los Angeles’ Laemmle Monica Film Center on September 8, 2017, followed by a national expansion. The release will qualify the film for Academy Awards consideration.

The film is described as:

This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can’t ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he’s always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family? Like all the best anime, the film revels in multilayered fantasy to show how sometimes opposites—waking and dreaming, the past and the future—are far more intertwined than they appear.

The film opened in Japan on March 18, 2017 in 232 theaters nationwide, and ranked #9 in the Japanese box office in its opening weekend. The film will screen in 40 countries and regions worldwide. The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) screened the film on March 19, 2017 in Japanese with English subtitles, and Anime Limited screened the film with subtitles and an English dub on August 16, 2017. The film will also screen at Anime Fest in Dallas.

The film won the Gold Prize for the “Best Animated Feature Film” audience award at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

Source: ANN

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