From Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, and PONYO, and director of WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARIETTY – comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night. Based on Mary Stewart‘s 1971 classic children’s book The Little Broomstick, MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the stirring, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world.
Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College – a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.
Featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill and Academy Award-winners Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower honors its creator’s Studio Ghibli roots with a gentle, beautifully animated story whose simplicity is rounded out by its entrancing visuals.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
“A gentle, sweet story, told with painterly artistry.” (Seattle Times)
Sunday, May 6 – This screening is the English dub. (Final Screening!!!)
Doors 12:30 pm | Movie 1:00 pm
Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door
*Minors welcome! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2017 / PG / 103 mins) Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and a strange flower. Mary finds herself at Endor College — a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try and set things right.