Following last month's screening at the New York International Children's Film Festival, at which it won the grand prize, A Letter to Momo is looking to light up more U.S. theaters. GKids, who most recently distributed a whopping 13 Studio Ghibli films theatrically, plans to release A Letter to Momo throughout the U.S. at the end of 2012.
Gkids' distribution plans for A Letter to Momo were announced at the film's Japanese theatrical opening on Saturday. The film is directed by Hiroyuki Okiura (Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade), and in addition to its NYICFF honor, it also won the Platinum Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at the 14th Future Film Festival in Bologna, Italy.
Seven years in development, A Letter to Momo follows a young girl who grew up in a big city. After her father passes, she moves with her mother to the old family house on a remote island, a far cry from what Momo is used to. On top of that, all she has to remember her father by is an unfinished letter that simply reads, "Dear Momo…" Wondering what he was going to say, Momo uncovers a dusty old book in the house's attic, after which unexpected, otherworldly things begin to happen around her.
It's nice to see this film will be getting more exposure in the U.S. later this year. Anyone looking forward to seeing it?