×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Anime, Wild Bunch Take French Rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’

Paris-based companies Anime and Wild Bunch Distribution have partnered to acquire French distribution rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s animated feature “Mirai,” which will world premiere at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.

Represented in international markets by Charades and produced by Hosoda’s own animation banner Studio Chizu, “Mirai” will be the first Japanese animated feature to world-premiere at Cannes. Toho will release “Mirai” under the title “Mirai no Mirai” in Japan on July 20.

Wild Bunch will handle the film’s theatrical distribution in France. GKids previously acquired U.S. rights to the feature.

The fantasy-filled tale centers on a 4-year-old boy who feels his place in his parents’ affections threatened by the arrival of a baby sister, Mirai. Then she reveals herself as a girl from the future.

“As a parent myself, I realized that our children’s lives are very similar to our own at that age, even though the times are different,” said Hosoda.” Through a house, a garden and a family, I wanted to portray this great cycle of life and sense of generation and continuity that binds us all.”

Charades, the Paris-based sales outfit launched a year ago by Yohann Comte, Carole Baraton, Pierre Mazars and Constantin Briest, also pre-sold the film to Spain (A Contracorriente), the U.K./Ireland (Anime Limited), Italy (Dynit), Canada (MK2 Mile End), Germany (AV Visionen), Latin America (KEM), Turkey (Filma), Benelux (Cineart), CIS (Exponenta), Hungary (Mozinet), Ex-Yugoslavia (Radar), the Middle East (Selim Ramia and Co) and Australia/New Zealand (Madman). Sales will continue at Cannes.

“The selection of ‘Mirai’ in Cannes isn’t only the recognition of one film but also that of a great auteur whose language could only be animation,” Charades said in a statement. “That choice illustrates the evolution of Mamoru Hosoda, today one of the most important animation directors. [Anime and Wild Bunch] are the perfect partners to accompany the film both in Cannes and in theaters.”

“Mirai” marks Hosoda’s follow-up to his critical and commercial hit “The Boy and the Beast,” which was nominated for a Golden Seashell at San Sebastián. Hosoda’s notable credits include “Summer Wars,” which competed at Locarno, and “Wolf Children.”

“Mirai” is produced by Hosoda’s longstanding collaborator, Yuichiro Saito, the president of Studio Chizu.

More Film

  • Jeff BridgesJeff Bridges, who stars in

    Film News Roundup: Jeff Bridges Wins American Society of Cinematographers Honor

    In today’s film news roundup, Jeff Bridges is honored by cinematographers, the “Arctic” filmmakers get a first-look deal and releases are set for “Vault,” the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy and “What Lies Ahead.” BRIDGES HONORED The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Jeff Bridges as the recipient of the organizations’ 2019 Board of Governors Award. [...]

  • Cate Blanchett's 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'

    Cate Blanchett's 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' Moved Back to August

    Annapurna Pictures has moved its Richard Linklater literary adaptation “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett back five months from March 22 to an Aug. 9 release. A rep for Annapurna explained that August has served well as a launching pad for release of female-skewing films such as “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and [...]

  • Kumail Nanjiani Issa Rae

    Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae to Star in 'Lovebirds' Romantic Comedy

    “The Big Sick” star Kumail Nanjiani and “Insecure” star Issa Rae will topline Paramount’s romantic comedy “The Lovebirds.” The project will reunite Nanjiani with “The Big Sick” helmer Michael Showalter, who’s on board to direct from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall, and Martin Gero. The project goes into production at the end of [...]

  • Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce

    Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

    Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25. “The images and stories recognized by the [...]

  • 'The Pledge' Review

    Film Review: 'Pledge'

    “Privilege comes with sacrifice” says one character to another in “Pledge” — exactly the kind of noble sentiment authority figures always voice to hush the protests of those about to be sacrificed. This third feature for director Daniel Robbins is no delicate flower of cinematic art, but a lean and mean shocker that tells its [...]

  • John Lithgow

    John Lithgow-Blythe Danner's 'Tomorrow Man' Bought Ahead of Sundance Premiere

    In one of the first deals for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Bleecker Street has acquired North American rights to the John Lithgow-Blythe Danner romance “The Tomorrow Man.” The movie will hold its world premiere at the fest, which opens on Jan. 24 in Park City, Utah. The distributor is planning a May 17 release. [...]

  • Dragon Ball Super Broly

    'Dragon Ball Super: Broly' Scores Big First Day With $7 Million

    Funimation Films’ Japanese anime movie “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” has opened impressively with a dominant first-day total of $7 million at 1,260 North American locations on Wednesday. The English-language version of “Dragon Ball Super: Broly,” which screened at 180 Imax and Cinemark XD premium large format screens, generated by far the best per-screen average among [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content