GKIDS has announced the North American virtual theatrical release of the emotional, mesmerizing animated feature Marona’s Fantastic Tale. Starting June 12, the film — which played in competition at the Annecy International Film Festival and won the Animation Is Film Special Jury Prize last year — will be made available at MaronaMovie.com through virtual cinema partner links. In addition to the film, exclusive to the virtual release includes additional interview content with the director Anca Damian.
Initial virtual cinema partners include the Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles and The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, with additional partner theaters and organizations to be added. A percentage of the net proceeds of every “ticket” sold will go to listed partner theaters and related organizations. Through these virtual cinema affiliate links, audiences can enjoy this exciting new release from the comfort of their homes, while supporting their local art house cinema and other local partners.
The complete listing of affiliate theater and organization links and how to purchase a virtual ticket will be available at MaronaMovie.com.
“While GKIDS and our exhibition partners’ original intention was for audiences to enjoy Marona’s Fantastic Tale as an in-theater experience, we are elated to bring this beautiful, touching film to home viewers through virtual cinema. During this time when many of us are socially isolated, we are hopeful that this film will serve as a reminder to cherish even the smallest moments with our friends and companions,” said Chance Huskey, GKIDS’ Director of Distribution.
“We are elated to bring this beautiful, touching film to home viewers in partnership with our friends in exhibition,” Huskey continued. “During this time when many of us are socially isolated, we are hopeful that Marona’s Fantastic Tale will serve as a reminder to cherish even the smallest moments with our friends and companions.”
Synopsis: The poetic and touching film from director Anca Damian (Crulic – The Path to Beyond, The Call) follows an optimistic stray dog named Marona as she looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life. Delivered alongside dazzlingly colorful, sweeping designs produced in part by acclaimed artist Brecht Evens, Marona’s Fantastic Tale is a life-affirming tale told with the patient, boundless love of a dog, and reminds us that happiness is a small thing.
Read more about Marona in Ramin Zahed’s feature story from the October issue of Animation Magazine here.