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When Marnie Was There

Nominated for Best Animated Feature. Will it be Studio Ghibli’s first win since Spirited Away?

When Marnie Was There

The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli, When Marnie Was There, is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can.

When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend. Based on the young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), When Marnie Was There has been described as “Ghibli Gothic,” with its moonlit seascapes, glowing orchestral score, and powerful dramatic portrayals that build to a stormy climax.

The Clearance Lab is proud to have provided services for this project and wishes the Studio Ghibli team, along with GKids and the other distributors of the film, the best of luck at the Academy Awards.

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