9:52am PT by Carolyn Giardina
GKIDS Acquires 'Lu Over the Wall' and More Masaaki Yuasa Titles
Indie distributor GKIDS acquired North American distribution rights for a slate of animated features from anime director Masaaki Yuasa. This includes Lu Over the Wall, which won the Grand Prize last spring at the Annecy International Animation Festival; an English dubbed version is slated to premiere at Sundance.
It also includes Night Is Short, Walk on Girl, winner of the Grand Prize at the Ottawa Animation Festival. Additionally, Yuasa's 2004 cult classic Mind Game will get a theatrical release in February.
Lu Over the Wall is a fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore in a lonely fishing village and bonds with a boy in a middle-school rock band. Night Is Short, Walk on Girl takes place over the course of a strange and alcohol-drenched night, as a young woman known only as The Girl With Black Hair drinks her way through Kyoto.
GKIDS' latest releases include Oscar contender The Breadwinner, which recently won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for best animation feature and earned a Golden Globe nomination.