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Release date: 10 June 2016
Running time: 103 minutes
A gorgeously animated, Oscar-nominated tale of magical friendship from the director of Arietty. Recuperating from an illness, introverted, artistic Anna (Hailee Steinfeld) is sent to live in a picturesque seaside town with her aunt and uncle. She soon becomes drawn to a dilapidated manor house surrounded by marshes. Here she meets a young blonde girl named Marnie (Kiernan Shipka), with whom she has much in common. Each time Anna returns, the apparently deserted house magically fills with life, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Slowly, she begins to understand the truth about her mysterious new friend. Hiromasa Yonebayashi of Japan's renowned Studio Ghibli follows Arietty, his adaptation of The Borrowers, with another stunningly animated version of a classic English story. Joan G. Robinson's much-loved young adult novel is brought beautifully to the screen in this typically hand crafted, timeless and enchanting fable. It was nominated as Best Animated Feature at this year's Academy Awards.
Original title: When Marnie Was There
Cast: Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima, Kasumi Arimura, Sara Takatsuki
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Age restrictions: U