It’s Good Friday and boy do we have some good news to share with you today! The next film we’ll be bringing to cinemas in the UK & Ireland will be Maquia: When the Promised Flowers Bloom on 27th June. But today we’re very excited to announce that there will be two very special advance screenings of the film next month!
First of all for anime fans in Ireland we’re happy to say that the Irish Premiere of the film will be taking place at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin on Saturday 14th April at 6pm as part the annual Japan Film Festival!
Then a few days later Monday 16th April, we bring the film to England for the first time as there will be a special screening of the film at the Prince Charles Cinema in the heart of London at 6pm that evening.
Now, you might be wondering what’s so special about these screenings? Well apart from the fact it’s an opportunity to see the film ahead of the general theatrical date in June, we’re delighted to say that the director of the film Mari Okada will be in attendance at both screenings to take part in a Q&A session! That’s right, you’ll get to watch the film and then hear the director talk about it! It’s an opportunity not to be missed!
Book your tickets for both events featuring a Q&A with director Mari Okada now:
ABOUT MARI OKADA
MARI OKADA (born 1976) is a screenwriter who works on a variety of media, including direct-to-video films, games and radio dramas. Her anime debut was on the 1998 TV series DT Eightron. Since then, she has gained attention through her work on the series composition and scripts of numerous titles including true tears (08), Toradora! (08), Hanasaku Iroha (11), AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day (11) and Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea (13). Anthem of the Heart (15) marked her first effort at writing an original anime feature film. In 2011 she was the recipient of the 16th Animation Kobe Award.
WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWERS BLOOM”
Japanese title: Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou (Let’s Decorate the Promised Flowers in the Farewell Morning)
Synopsis: “Acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada makes her directorial debut in this animated fantasy feature.
The people of Iorph have a lifespan of hundreds of years and maintain their teenage appearances for life, but when the peace of this town is shattered by those who want the secret to their longevity for themselves, a young girl named Maquia is forced to escape. Wandering the land alone, upon finding an orphaned baby she chooses to raise him, but as this boy grows up so the difference in their lifespans is thrown into ever-sharper relief.”
Official English subtitled trailer:
Art Director: Kazuki Higashiji
We hope you’re as excited about this as we are! It will be the first time that Mari Okada will be travelling to the United Kingdom & Ireland to discuss her work. Don’t miss out on this very unique opportunity!