9:43am PT by Carolyn Giardina
GKIDS Nabs Animated Feature 'Satellite Girl and the Milk Cow'
Indie distributor GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights to Satellite Girl and the Milk Cow, from Korean director Chang Hyung-yun. It's currently available for streaming via the VRV Select platform, and will be given a theatrical and home video release this summer.
In the story, an out of commission satellite picks up a lovelorn ballad on her radio antenna and descends to Earth to find the source. But on the way she is caught in the crossfire of a raging magical battle and is transformed into Satellite Girl. Meanwhile, the balladeer is turned into a farm animal. GKIDS describes the film as a "heartfelt and wildly entertaining commentary on the possibility for human connection in the crazy, mixed-up, post-modern world we live in."
Said GKIDS president David Jesteadt, “it is safe to say that you are unlikely to have ever seen anything like this movie before — a truly original, fantasy anime sci-fi rom-com, just bursting with humor and heart. I’m hoping as many people as possible get the opportunity to see this remarkable film.”
GKIDS' The Breadwinner, the story of a girl growing up under Taiban rule, is currently nominated for an Oscar for best animated feature. Since 2010, GKIDS has scored 10 nominations in this category, second only to Disney/Pixar.