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Win a Pair of Tickets to the LA Screening of Animated Film The Secret of Kells

Hi, AICN Anime's Scott Green here GKIDS, a distributor of independent films for family and art-house audiences, and the European sales agent Celluloid Dreams recently announced that GKIDS has acquired US distribution rights to Irish director Tomm Moore's animated film THE SECRET OF KELLS, the new animated film. See Jeremy W. Kaufmann's guest review here. An Academy qualifying run is set for Dec 4-10 at the AMC Burbank 8 in Los Angeles. Showtimes are 7 PM on weekdays and 2 PM on weekends. The film will be released theatrically in the US in March 2010. AICN is fortunate to have two pairs of tickets to the Saturday show at 2 PM, December 5th (see update below). The special screening will feature a post-show Q&A with director Tomm Moore. If you're interested, sent an e-mail with the subject "Secret of Kells" to by midnight eastern time December 4th. Winners will be notified by e-mail.
SYNOPSIS: 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, where he works to fortify the abbey walls against barbarian raids. 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 beyond the abbey's walls and 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 is a France/Belgium/Ireland co-production of Les Armateurs, Viva Film, Cartoon Saloon and France 2 Cinema and features the voices of Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter, In Bruges), Evan McGuire and Christen Mooney. The deal for THE SECRET OF KELLS was negotiated by Eric Beckman for GKIDS and Hengameh Panahi for Celluloid Dreams.


Director Tomm Moore's appearance has had to be moved from Saturday December 4th to the 2pm show on Sunday, December 5th. Winners will be contacted on Thursday night. If you receive an e-mail, please respond with your preference as to whether you'd like to attend the Saturday or Sunday screening by Friday afternoon.
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  • Nov. 30, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    the secret of kells?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    the secret is he likes to molest girls and video tape it and give them the golden shower... wait, we not talkin bout r kelly?

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by unkempt_sock

    Get it? Kells is kinda like Kelly. Good one.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Looks like an albino Kim Possible

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I'll just wait for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE MONK

    by YackBacker

    Starring the voices of Miley Cyrus and Ed Asner.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    This looks very pretty

    by RequisiteMonkey

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    If you lived in DC...

    by Mathonwy

    you could have seen this FOR FREE at the National Gallery of Art's East Wing Theater a few weeks ago. I love DC!

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Done in Blender on a Linux renderfarm

    by zinc_chameleon

    All free software, folks. A new era of art films is on its way.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    The Secret of Keenan Sucked


    but I always like Kel better anyways

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    this is a gorgeous movie

    by WickedJacob

    seen bits of it.

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Just saw it in Burbank

    by Lang The Cat

    I have mixed feelings about this film. The subject is one very close to my heart, the Book of Kells and this film does a brilliant job of bringing the artwork alive. Making the Crom Cruig (sic?) a key item/creature was interesting, but I feel might have left children behind. If you like the work of Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Power Puff Girls, Clone Wars, Dexter's Lab), you will recognize the style of the artwork immediately. Unlike Tartakovsky, there is very little action in the film, the major villians are only shown as shadows (at least they are the source of the tension and potential for action). Instead this story seems to be about obedience vs art and probably loses most of the kids by avoiding the action promised at the beginning. < <Br> I also love the music (if you are familiar with the music of a group named Flatfish, the music in the film is very similar). Very lively, though the soundtrack apart from the reels (Irish tunes)tends to be a bit tedious. If there were more story, more action, better developed subpolts, then maybe this could be a film to compete with Tale of Despereaux or Ponyo. As it is, it has the excitement of a Time Life book, a good Time Life book, but still not competely brilliant. Having said that, would I still buy the DVD? Yes, I would, the artwork is enough for me. Would I expect any child to sit through this without nodding off? Nope. The film just doesn't have a dynamic story (not even close) despite having Vikings, monsters and treasure.

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