September 16th 2011
  • Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 91 min,
  • Sony Pictures
  • Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase, Jane Adams, Schuyler Fisk, Lusia Strus, Chin Han
  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Writer: Jason Lew
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard
  • Co Producer: Brett Cranford
  • Executive Producers: Eric Black, David Allen Cress, Frank Mancuso Jr.
  • Art Direction: Benjamin Hayden
  • Casting: Francine Maisler
  • Costume Design: Danny Glicker
  • D.O.P.: Harris Savides
  • Editor: Elliot Graham
  • Makeup: Whitney James
  • Music: Danny Elfman
  • Production Design: Anne Ross
  • Set Decoration: Sara Parks


Eccentric funeral crasher Enoch (Henry Hopper) finds his ideal soul mate in beautiful but mysterious Annabelle (Mia Wasikowska), who claims to work in a hospital but harbors a sensitive secret. Later, after Enoch opens up to Annabelle about his only friend, an outspoken ghost named Hiroshi, their fledgling romance is put to the ultimate test.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Portland, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic elements and brief sensuality
  • Production Budget: $15 million
  • Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, 360 Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 13 November 2009 - January 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Gus Van Sant's latest effort is a dark coming of age drama about two teens rather morbidly obsessed with death - one is terminally ill, the other has a funeral fetish and sees visions of a kamikaze pilot. This is one of those projects that could go so wrong if not handled just right, though the trailer promises something potentially more touching and sincere to balance out the quirk and sadness.

The script comes from Jason Lew, a New York University class mate of the lovely Bryce Dallas Howard who herself is producing the film alongside her father Ron Howard and his regular cohort Brian Grazer. Lew wrote this as a play which Howard got to read and encouraged him to turn it into a screenplay.

Shot in Oregon in very late 2009, the film was completed last Summer and looked to be headed for a bow late last month after a premiere at Sundance, but plans for said screening were cancelled while the release was pushed back. The subject matter is hardly unfamiliar, comparisons have already been made to the likes of "Harold and Maude" and "A Walk to Remember", but this is also an arthouse title that could potentially cross over if given the right sort of promotion. Ball's in your court Sony."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 6 April 2011: Egypt
  • 7 April 2011: Malaysia
  • 28 April 2011: Netherlands
  • 6 May 2011: Italy
  • 21 September 2011: France
  • 14 October 2011: Spain
  • 20 October 2011: Germany
  • 21 October 2011: Finland, UK
  • 25 November 2011: Sweden
  • 23 December 2011: Japan