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When Marnie Was There

Omoide no Marnie

Japan | 2014 | 103 minutes | Hiromasa Yonebayashi

FILMS4FAMILIES YOUTH JURY AWARD. Miyazaki protégé Yonebayashi adds Studio Ghibli magic to Joan G. Robinson’s classic ghost story of a shy teenage tomboy who befriends a young blonde girl who may not be of this world. Subtitled, Ages 8+.

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The legendary Studio Ghibli created unforgettable Japanese animated films, such as Spirited Away (2001) and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), under the direction of anime artist Hayao Miyazaki. When Marnie Was Here, directed by Miyazaki protégé Hiromasa Yonebayashi, may be the final feature of this beloved studio, now that the master has retired. In fine Ghibli style, Yonebayashi takes a classic European children’s story with an intrepid young girl protagonist and brings it new life with hand-drawn cel animation that is both intricately detailed and breezily fluid. The story follows shy foster child Anna, who suffers from chronic asthma attacks. For health reasons, she is sent to live with her adoptive aunt and uncle for the summer on the rugged island of Hokkaido, where she spends time sketching a house that has long been abandoned—or has it? She spots an odd blonde girl in the window named Marnie and feels an almost instant bond. Though the two become inseparable friends, no one but Anna can see Marnie. As their friendship deepens, Anna finds she may have a closer connection to the spectral Marnie than she ever dreamed. Yonebayashi seamlessly transplants Joan G. Robinson’s British young adult story into a Japanese setting, creating a timeless narrative for anyone who discovered their best friend during a magical and perfect summer.

Director Biography
Hiromasa Yonebayashi is an anime director for Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli. After studying commercial design at the Kanazawa College of Art, Yonebayashi became an animator on some of director Hayao Miyazaki’s greatest films. He debuted as director with The Secret World of Arietty (2010).

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Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Principal Cast: Sara Takatsuki, Arimura Kasumi, Matsushima Nanako, Terajima Susumu, Negishi Toshie
Country: Japan
Year: 2014
Running Time: 103 minutes
Producer: Yoshiaki Nishimura, Koji Hoshino
Screenplay: Niwa Keiko, Ando Masashi, Yonebayashi Hiromasa
Music: Muramatsu Takatsugu
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Language: Japanese
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Toho Co. / Walt Disney France
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