GKids, the company known for distributing a lot of foreign animated properties for American audiences, has a new film under their belt. The French animated film Funan from 2018 is finally being released in the U.S. during spring 2019. The film is directed by Denis Do and tells a story about a mother searching for her four-year-old son during the Khmer Rouge revolution.
President of GKids, David Jesteadt, stated, “‘Funan is the perfect example of animation’s ability to tell all kinds of stories, for all kinds of audiences”. This makes perfect sense considering nearly all the films they distributed are more about showcasing artistically unique and mature animated films to give a sense of how varied the medium of animation can be.
The studio is most likely distributing Funan in the States this year so they can get Oscars recognition in 2020. This makes strategic sense due to both Denis Do getting major recognition with this film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and GKids themselves trying to get an Oscars nomination for Mirai in this year’s Academy Awards.
No official release date has been set but Funan is expected to be released in April 2019.