Glasgow, UK January 31, 2017 – Anime Limited are excited to announce the attendance of A Silent Voice director Naoko Yamada at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival. She will be attending the screening of the film on Thursday, 23 February.
As part of this rare trip abroad to promote her film, Ms Yamada will also be taking part in a Q&A session following the screen of the film at the Glasgow Film Theatre hosted by Scotland Loves Anime veteran MC and anime expert, Jonathan Clements.
Andrew Partridge, President of All the Anime, says: “We are extremely privileged and excited to be able to bring a director of such vision as Ms Yamada to the Glasgow Film Festival alongside the GFF. It’s a great opportunity to see one of the top anime films of 2016 in the cinema with the director and an excellent chance to ask questions about this touching and sensitive film. It really is not to be missed, and I am personally looking forward to it.”
About the Film
Shoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again… until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late…?
About the Director
A graduate in oil painting from the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Naoko Yamada’s first job was decorating cakes at a local bakery. She started work for Kyoto Animation as an inbetweener on InuYasha, before being promoted to key animation on Air. Her directorial debut came on K-On!, a manga adaptation about a high-school rock band, for which she gained a reputation as a an empathetic director who treated her characters as if they were real people. She followed this success with the TV series Tamako Market, a magic-realist account of life in a candy shop, and its feature sequel Tamako Love Story.
About Glasgow Film Festival
The thirteenth annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 15–26 February 2017. The full programme is online now at glasgowfilm.org/festival.
Notable guests visiting the festival in recent years have included Richard Gere, Alan Rickman, Joss Whedon, Terry Gilliam, John C Reilly, Saoirse Ronan, Richard Dreyfuss, Jonathan Glazer, Richard Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Ben Wheatley, Cliff Curtis, David Robert Mitchell, Carol Morley, Gemma Jones, Jason Priestley, Neil Jordan, agnés b., Armando Iannucci, Jack O’Connell, Dexter Fletcher, Peter Mullan, George Sluizier, Peter Capaldi, Ty West, Richard Ayoade, Eli Roth and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The twelfth annual festival, in 2016, opened with the UK premiere of the Coen Brothers’ star-studded Hail, Caesar!. Over 42,000 admissions were logged for GFF16, cementing its position as the third-largest film festival in the UK.
About Anime Limited
Based out of Glasgow, Scotland Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to distributing the best in anime direct from Japan. As an independent company the emphasis is both breathing new life into much loved classics and introducing the cutting edge of theatrical offerings. With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, releasing beautifully packaged collector’s editions and trying new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.
A Silent Voice will be released theatrically across the UK on 15 March.