Magazine article Screen International

Altitude Picks Studio Ponoc Debut 'Mary and the Witch’s Flower'

Magazine article Screen International

Altitude Picks Studio Ponoc Debut 'Mary and the Witch’s Flower'

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Altitude Film Sales has secured worldwide rights to Mary And The Witch's Flower, the first film from Japanese animation house Studio Ponoc.

The firm was set up by former Studio Ghibli director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty), and producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya).

Altitude Film Distribution has UK rights to the project, currently in post-production, with Madman Entertainment releasing the film in Australia and New Zealand.

Mary And The Witch's Flower is based on the novel by Mary Stewart called The Little Broomstick. Yonebayashi and Riko Sakaguchi (The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya) wrote the screenplay.

The story centres on a lonely girl who is whisked offto Endor College, school of witchcraft, by a magical broomstick.

Studio Ponoc's founders have brought together former Studio Ghibli animators and artists to create new films in the tradition of the renowned animation studio. …

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