Secret of Kells, The: Oscar-Nominated Animated Feature

Opens April 2

Distributor GKIDS announced today that their award-winning and Oscar-nominated animated feature THE SECRET OF KELLS by director Tomm Moore will open theatrically at Los Angeles’ Landmark Theatre on April 2.
Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes, in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Young Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest, where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?
THE SECRET OF KELLS garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature and opened to record-breaking box office numbers in New York, setting the single-screen-opening-weekend record for a release at the city’s IFC Center.
SECRET OF KELLS is a France/Belgium/Ireland co-production of Les Armateurs, Vivi Film, Cartoon Saloon and France 2 Cinema and features the voices of Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter, In Bruges), Evan McGuire and Christen Mooney.
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning animated entertainment specializing in titles that cross over between art-house and family audiences. Recent theatrical releases include Michel Ocelot’s acclaimed Azur & Asmar, in partnership with the Weinstein Company, and Nina Paley’s animated multiple-festival-winning animated feature, Sita Sings the Blues, which is one of the best reviewed films of 2009/2010). Upcoming GKIDS releases include Tomm Moore’s animated Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells, and European Film Award winner Mia and the Migoo, by Jacques-Remy Girerd.
GKIDS is also longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Frances McDormand, Uma Thurman, John Turturro, Susan Sarandon, Gus van Sant, James Schamus, and Matthew Modine. The GKIDS.TV website is a place where children, teens, and adults can watch, rate, review, buy and share award-winning film and animation from around the world.