The Russian film company Russian World Vision (RWV) has acquired the rights to the cartoons of Studio Ghibli by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The company announced this on its VKontakte page.
“We are pleased to announce that we have become the exclusive copyright holder of the Studio Ghibli Animation Library,” the post reads.
RWV has secured the rights to 22 Ghibli films, 10 of which are directed by Miyazaki. In particular, we are talking about the tapes “Nausicaä from the Valley of the Wind”, “My Neighbor Totoro”, “The Witch’s Delivery Service”, “Castle in the Sky”, “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle”.
It is specified that the film company has acquired all kinds of rights. RWV plans to sell them in Russia and the CIS countries, including re-releases in cinemas. Also, the films will be available in online cinemas, now the company is negotiating with several sites, explained RWV CEO Konstantin Elkin.
In an interview with the Bulletin of the Film Distributor, Elkin said that the film company acquired the rights to distribute the films at the Cannes Film Market.
On May 25, T, citing a source, reported that Miyazaki’s cartoons would no longer be available to users of Russian online cinemas from June 1, since the distributor failed to renew the rights to show.
The press service of Kinopoisk noted that now platform users can buy the cartoons My Neighbor Totoro, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Spirited Away, From the Slopes of Kokuriko, and others for 1 ruble. In this case, viewers will have the opportunity to watch them after June 1.
Hayao Miyazaki was born in 1941. In 1985, together with his colleague and friend Isao Takahata, he founded Studio Ghibli. The most popular work of the director is the film “Spirited Away” (2001). The picture was recognized by the Japanese Film Academy, as well as the Golden Bear of the Berlin Film Festival and an Oscar statuette.
In 2013, Miyazaki announced the end of his career as an animator, but in 2017 he began work on the film “How are you?”. On July 14, 2023, it will be released worldwide.