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‘When Marnie Was There’ — Studio Ghibli’s Next Movie

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when marnie was thereHayao Miyazaki may be retired and has handed the reins over to various other directors, but his illustrious studio continues to make great films, the latest of which is a remake of the 1967 Joan Robinson novel “When Marnie Was There”.

The film is set to be released in Japan next summer and is being directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi who also made The Secret World of Arriety comes in at number 18 on Miyazaki’s list of recommended children’s books and thanks to the synopsis (thanks to Amazon) sounds exactly like a story Ghibli would make:

Anna hasn’t a friend in the world – until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn’t all she seems…An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises – and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna’s first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learned so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays – and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed…

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