Japanese animated film “When Marnie Was There” coming to the Loft

STARTS FRIDAY, JUNE 12 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

This film will be screened in both English subtitled and English dubbed versions.

Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the newest animated feature from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty.

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face”. Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend. Featuring the vocal talents of Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, John C. Reilly, Raini Rodriguez and Vanessa Williams. (Dir. by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2014, Japan, in Japanese with subtitles/in English, 103 mins., Rated PG)


One response to “Japanese animated film “When Marnie Was There” coming to the Loft

  1. Carolyn Classen

    Heartwarming & haunting, beautifully animated film about a lonely, sickly foster child Anna who goes to live with relatives in the country for the summer, and meets another lonely girl (a wealthy only child who lives in a mansion near the marshes). This Marnie is like an imaginary friend, maybe a ghost — but altogether mysterious to Anna, who also suffers from self-esteem problems as a 12 year old. The animation is terrific — even to raindrops falling on the characters and hair blowing in the wind. Find out who Marnie is by seeing this film, still playing at the Loft. A touching story of love, friendship, and families.