8:34am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Animated Film 'In This Corner of the World' Gets North American Distribution
Shout! Factory and London-based anime producer and distributor Animatsu Entertainment have entered into an exclusive deal to distribute the new animated feature In This Corner of the World in North America.
Based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno and written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Princess Arete), the hand-drawn film follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, whose life is thrown into chaos when her small town of Kure in Hiroshima is bombed during World War II.
It was produced by Masao Maruyama of Mappa Co. and Taro Maki of Genco.
Shout! Factory has secured all distribution rights to the film, for cross-platform releases in U.S. and Canada. The planned rollout begins with a North American theatrical launch this summer.
“Beautiful and deeply moving, In This Corner of the World is a captivating, socially relevant film that will impact everyone who sees it,” said Melissa Boag, senior vp kids and family entertainment at Shout!, in a statement.
Shout! recently distributed animated indie Long Way North, which is nominated for an Annie Award for best independent animated feature.