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“Song of the Sea” Opens Theatrically on December 19, 2014, in NYC and Toronto

Song of the Sea


From the Academy Award®-Nominated Filmmakers of THE SECRET OF KELLS

NEW YORK (August 25, 2014) – GKIDS, the distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, proudly announces Friday, December 19th as the North American release date for SONG OF THE SEA, the highly-anticipated second film from the Ireland-based animation company, Cartoon Saloon. This is the second feature from Tomm Moore, the Academy Award®-nominated director of THE SECRET OF KELLS. The film will open at the IFC Theater in New York and the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater in Toronto, before expanding to Los Angeles and other major markets in the holiday time period. The film will qualify for the Academy Awards® and other awards season contests. SONG OF THE SEA will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2014.

SONG OF THE SEA tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. SONG OF THE SEA, directed by Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells. International sales handled by West End Film­s.

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Cartoon Saloon is an Academy Award®-nominated animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in 1999. From award-winning short films such as “From Darkness,” “Cúilín Dualach/Backwards Boy,” “Old Fangs,” “The Ledge End Of Phil,” and “Somewhere Down the Line,” to TV series like Skunk FU! and Puffin Rock (in production), Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international animation industry. Currently in development is a co-production with Aircraft Pictures to adapt the award-winning novel The Breadwinner, written by Deborah Ellis. www.cartoonsaloon.ie

GKIDS is the distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in feature animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored four Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – the most for an independent distributor – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, and Ernest & Celestine in 2014. Upcoming 2014 releases include A Letter to Momo, from Tokyo-based animation powerhouse Production I.G; Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, directed by studio co-founder Isao Takahata; and the highly anticipated Song of the Sea from Tomm Moore, director of The Secret of Kells. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for the Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is the longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Gus van Sant, Henry Selick and James Schamus. www.gkidsfilms.com

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