Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, may be best known stateside for Grave of the Fireflies, one of the most depressing, yet beautiful movies ever made. Not all of his films are as intense, but they are well crafted and worth the time. Kyle Pinion over at the Beat reports GKIDS has acquired Takahata’s 1991 film, Only Yesterday for theatrical release next year. The company previously released the director’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya and other Ghibli films.
The story, as Pinion describes it, concerns “a 27 year old woman named Taeko, who while on a trip out to the country to work a farm and get away from city life, she reflects on memories of herself as a schoolgirl in 1966.” I remember seeing moments of this film in a Ghibli trailer compilation and at the Ghibli Museum in Japan and have been fascinated ever since. Like Grave of the Fireflies, it inhabits a completely ordinary world, but Takahata still finds magic within it.
The US theatrical version will feature voicework by Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel and will hopefully bring the film to a wider audience.