9:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
GKids Acquires Animated 'Miss Hokusai' With Plans for Awards Season Release
GKIDS has acquired distribution rights to Miss Hokusai, recipient of the Jury Prize at the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and plans to give it an an awards season release on Oct. 14 in New York and Los Angeles followed by a North American expansion.
Miss Hokusai is the coming-of-age story of O-Ei, the daughter and artistic collaborator of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (The Great Wave off Kanagawa), as she struggles with her identity as an artist and her sexuality. The film is based on Hinako Sugiura’s comic Sarusuberi, adapted for the screen by Miho Maruo.
The pic was directed by Keiichi Hara (Colorful, Summer Days With Coo) out of Japanese animation studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell), whose animated A Letter to Momo was released in the U.S. through Indie distributor GKIDS in 2014.
Since 2008, New York-based GKIDS has scored eight best animated feature Oscar nominations, including noms earlier this year for Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There.
GKIDS’ next release, Phantom Boy, from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris, opens July 15. The distributor also opened April and the Extraordinary World, from the makers of Oscar-nominated animated feature Persepolis, stateside this past spring.