GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, the leading distributor of event cinema, will continue their partnership into 2020, bringing “Weathering With You” to U.S. audiences nationwide for Special Fan Preview screenings over two nights only.
“Weathering With You” is the newest release from director Makoto Shinkai, and producer Genki Kawamura, whose previous film “Your Name” set box office records in Japan and around the world ($360 million worldwide box office), and is currently receiving a major studio live-action remake from JJ Abrams. “Weathering With You” held its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and had a sold-out U.S. Premiere at last weekend’s Animation is Film Festival in Los Angeles, where Fathom Events is a major sponsor. The film is Japan’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best International Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. The film has grossed over $125 million USD to date in its initial Japanese release and will come to cinemas nationwide for Fan Preview Screenings on January 15 and 16 only, 2020, followed by a theatrical release by GKIDS starting January 17.
The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…
“Fathom is thrilled to continue our strong standing partnership with GKIDS to bring another premiere title to cinemas across the U.S. from Japan,” Fathom Events VP of Programming, Business Affairs & Strategy Daren Miller said. “What makes our events unique and special is the ability to provide audiences with an exclusive first look at these highly-anticipated films, behind-the-scenes content, animated shorts and more.”
“With breathtaking visuals and emotionally resonant story, Weathering With You has quickly become one of the most anticipated films of the year,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “We are pleased to partner with our friends at Fathom Events on two days of fan preview screenings, giving Makoto Shinkai’s fans the very first opportunity to see the film in theaters nationwide before its release.”
GKIDS and Fathom Events have partnered previously on the nationwide premiere event screenings for “Mary and The Witch’s Flower,” from the Academy Award-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ponoc, the release of “Fireworks” from Studio SHAFT, Studio Trigger’s blistering action adventure “Promare,” as well as the ongoing Ghibli Fest series of animated masterpieces from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli.