After a successful festival run, animated films distributor Viva Pictures acquired the North American rights to the $80 million budgeted Chinese 3D animation film Deep Sea.
The film tells the story of a young girl named Shenxiu, who is unexpectedly swept into the sea during a family cruise and stumbles upon a mysterious restaurant under the waves. There, she meets the scheming head chef Nanhe, and his ragtag crew of adorable otters and sarcastic walruses. They join forces to save the restaurant and reunite Shenxiu with her long-lost mother in a kaleidoscopic, dreamlike world of swirling color and dazzling views.
Tian Xiopeng (Monkey King: Hero Is Back) directed the animated film.
“Viva Pictures is honored to join forces once more with Mr. Tian Xiaopeng following our successful release of his Monkey King: Hero Is Back, in 2015,” stated Victor Elizalde, president of Viva Pictures, in a statement. “Deep Sea represents a pivotal juncture at Viva, as we embrace a renewed commitment to championing cinematic artistry characterized by breathtaking visuals and enthralling storytelling. Deep Sea is a truly unique cinematic experience that belongs on the big screen, dreamlike world of swirling color and dazzling views.
The Mandarin-language film received remarkable showings at many film festivals, including Tribeca Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Sydney SXSW, Amsterdam Cinekid, and Tokyo International Film Festival.
It is still scheduled to be featured at the Denver Film Festival and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards later this year.
It hits theaters nationwide in select locations on November 24 for regular audiences.
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Source: Viva Pictures