Mary and the Witch's Flower (Japanese language-English subtitles)

Opens Mar 9, 2018

Mary and The Witch's Flower is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds and ingenious characters in Studio Ponoc's first feature film. Directed by 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 Arrietty.

A little girl named Mary finds a mysterious flower that can give her the power to become a witch for just one night. 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.

"Mary and the Witch’s Flower doesn’t just borrow elements from Ghibli, it feels like a complete continuation of the studio’s work. It’s a welcome relief for every animation fan who thought that particular era of Japanese animation had, after 30 years, quietly come to a close." (Tasha Robinson, The Verge)