– by Joseph Jammer Medina


GKIDS and Fathom Events are partnering on the much-anticipated debut title from Studio Ponoc, Mary and The Witch’s Flower, which will get a special one-night national premiere on the big screen this January, prior to its wide theatrical release.

Presented by GKIDS, Fathom Events and Studio Ponoc, Mary and The Witch’s Flower will hit cinemas nationwide on Thursday, January 18 for a special premiere event with two showings, one at 7:00 p.m. (dubbed in English featuring Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent) and the second at 8:00 p.m. (subtitled in English) local time. In addition to the feature content, audiences will be treated to an exclusive interview with the filmmakers as well as a special commemorative item (while supplies last at select locations). Mary and The Witch’s Flower will open in select cinemas nationwide for regular screenings starting January 19.

Tickets for the January 18 screenings of Mary and The Witch’s Flower can be purchased beginning Friday, October 20, by visiting Fathom Events’ official site or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available October 20 on the Fathom Events website.

The official synopsis for Mary and the Witch’s Flower is below:

“Mary, an ordinary twelve-year-old girl, is bored and lonely during a summer holiday. She follows an odd cat into the nearby woods where she stumbles upon a flower and then a little broomstick. Together the flower and broomstick whisk her above the clouds, far away to Endor College – a school of magic! At Endor, Mary tells a lie that leads to peril, and then a promise, while discovering that all is not as it seems at the school – there are experiments that horrify. Soon she confronts great danger, and a test of her resolve.

“This stunning, action-packed fantasy adventure is the second collaboration between Academy Award-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (who directed Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty) and fellow two-time Academy Award-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There).”

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.