GKids Buys U.S. Rights to Annecy Winner ‘Miss Hokusai’

GKids has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Japanese animated drama “Miss Hokusai,” which won the jury prize at last year’s Annecy Film Festival.

Miss Hokusai” will be released on Oct. 14 in New York and Los Angeles prior to a North American expansion. The production company is Production I. G.

The film, directed by Keiichi Hara, won the top jury and audience awards at the Fantasia Film Festival, and won best animated feature at Sitges and best animated feature at the Asia Pacifica Screen Awards.

“Miss Hokusai,” adapted from Hinako Sugiura’s manga “Sarusuberi” by Miho Maruo, is the untold story of O-Ei, Katsushika Hokusai’s daughter and artistic collaborator. It’s set in 19th century Japan and portrays O-Ei’s coming of age as a young woman, as she struggles with her identity as an artist, her emerging sexuality and the search for the sublime through art. The film explores her relationships with her impetuous father and blind younger sister.

Hokusai was a prolific illustrator and printmaker, best known for the woodblock print series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.” Hokusai’s works can be seen as part of permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other top museums.

GKids released the films “The Secret of Kells,” “A Cat in Paris,” “Chico & Rita,” “Ernest & Celestine,” “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” “Song of the Sea,” “Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There,” which nabbed best animated feature Oscar nominations.

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