“The House of the Lost on the Cape,” a Japanese animated movie which was an official selection at the recent Annecy festival will have a theatrical release in North America from Sept. 7. The film is to be distributed by Los Angeles-based Eleven Arts in association with Anime Expo and Iconic Events Releasing. It tells the story of two children who lose their home to a natural disaster and are taken in by a strange old woman. The roll-out begins in Los Angeles and New York and will expand to other cities.

The film is the directorial debut of Kawatsura Shinya (“Non Non Biyori,” “Kokoro Connect,” “Sagrada Reset”) and was written by Yoshida Reiko (“A Silent Voice,” “Violet Evergarden,” “K-On!”) as an adaptation of the award-winning novel of the same title by Kashiwaba Sachiko. Animation work was headed by David Production (“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” series, “Cells at Work!”). Earlier this year “Cape” also won the ‘best animation film’ prize at the 76th Annual Mainichi Film Awards.


Crunchyroll, the anime streaming service owned by Sony Group, has acquired Right Stuf, a leading online anime superstore. The 35-year-old company sells Blu-Ray discs, manga books, music, figurines,

collectables and other merchandise. It also offers a limited selection of licensed anime home video products through its own label. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Crunchyroll itself was bought out by Sony, which already operated direct rival Funimation. Now the company says that the acquisition of RightStuf: “aims to serve anime fans and collectors an even wider array of merchandise.” Fans took to the Crunchyroll website to grumble about what they perceive as a growing Sony monopoly in anime content and fret over what Sony-Crunchyroll might do to the adult content that

RightStuf currently hosts.


Thomas M. Wright’s Australian thriller “The Stranger” has been picked up by Netflix and will upload

to the platform in October after a local theatrical release. The film, which stars Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris, had its world premiere in Cannes in May and plays Friday at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Produced by See-Saw Films, Anonymous Content and Blue Tongue Films, the film revolves around two strangers who strike up a conversation on a long journey. One is a suspect in an unsolved missing person’s case; the other is an undercover operative on his trail. International sales were handled by U.K.-based Rocket Science.


The upcoming 46th Hong Kong International Film Festival has set a new sidebar section: The Passion of Latin American Cinema. It showcases seven recent film titles from South America. They include: “The Box,” by Lorenzo Vigas; “The Employer and the Employee,” by Manuel Nieto Zas; “New Order” and “Sundown,” both by Michel Franco; “The Great Movement,” by Kiro Russo; “The Other Tom,” by Rodrigo Pla and Laura Santullo; and “Utama,” by Alejandro Loayza Grisi. The HKIFF will run for 17 days, Aug. 15 to 31 August, 2022, in hybrid form, with screenings and audience-engagement events in theatres and online.

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