By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop August 19, 2014 at 12:10PM
Legendary writer/director and Studio Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata, will be appear in person when The Tale of Princess Kaguya makes its North American premiere in the TIFF Masters section on Friday, September 5th. From the award-winning animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, is Song Of The Sea, the highly anticipated follow-up to its Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells. Director Tomm Moore will appear in person at the film’s world premiere in the TIFF Kids program on Saturday, September 6th. Finally, The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness, a documentary about Studio Ghibli from director Mami Sunada, makes its North American premiere in the TIFF Docs section on Monday, September 8th.
GKIDS will theatrically release The Tale of Princess Kaguya on October 17, with Song Of The Sea and The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness slated for later this year.
SONG OF THE SEA - Directed by Tomm Moore
Song Of The Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Song Of The Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells. International sales handled by West End Films.
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA – Written and directed by Isao Takahata
Legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko), revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS – Directed by Mami Sunada
Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” look at the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.