GKIDS Takes North American Rights of THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS

From 42West.Net Press Release
Edited by Gregg Morris, May 18, 2016

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THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is written and directed by Sébastien Laudenbach, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairytale and produced by Les Films Sauvages. In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands.

Cannes, France – May 18, 2016 – GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of animation for both adult and family audiences, announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement for all North American rights to the upcoming animated feature, THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS following the film’s premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film has already be announced to appear in competition at the Annecy International Animation Festival in June. The film is an adult fairytale based on a story by the Brothers Grimm.

The deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman, President and CEO, and David Jesteadt, SVP Distribution for GKIDS, and Agathe Valentin, head of international sales for Pyramide International.

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Eric Beckman said, “Dave and I were both blown away. The film has an utterly transporting beauty and poetry, while the story unfolds with the powerful dream logic of a fairytale, taking you into the darker, deeper, primal origins and emotional core of the Grimm’s tales. With magic and cruelty, sublime beauty and tenderness, THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is at once timeless and unlike anything you have seen before, a stunning example of the potential of the medium of animation as a powerful cinematic art form for adult moviegoers.”

Since it was founded in 2008, GKIDS has had a major impact on the US animation landscape by discovering and distributing a slate of prestige, critically acclaimed, independent feature animation from around the world, and garnering an unprecedented eight Oscar® nominations for Best Animated Feature.



GKIDS is the acclaimed distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2009, the company has scored eight Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – second only to Disney/Pixar – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, and Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016.

Current and upcoming releases include Only Yesterday, from Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli and April and the Extraordinary World, which is currently in theaters nationally. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. www.gkids.com.

Gregg Morris can be reached at gmorris@hunter.cuny.edu