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The Scotland Loves Anime film festival returns for its seventh year later this month, bringing with it a stack of some of the Japanese anime to Glasgow and Edinburgh. With a neat mix of some anime classics, new releases fresh out the Land of the Rising Son, guest speakers, a jury and audience award and an education for students learning the craft of animation – there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival. So get to it.
The festival kicks off in Glasgow on the 14th of October at the Glasgow Film Theatre with a showing of Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 psychedelic Faustian fantasy, Belladonna of Sadness. On the 16th, the festival will make its way to the capital, kicking off with 1945’s Momotaro, Sacred Sailors, a wartime tale from director Mitsuyo Seo.
Film highlights include the new film Makoto Shinkai, Your Name, which is also the first animated film to ever hit competition at the London Film Festival. A huge success at the Japanese box office, this one is definitely not to be missed; A Silent Voice, based on Yoshitoki Ōima’s award-winning manga, arrives a mere month after its release in Japan; Kingsglaive – Final Fantasy XV is a freaking must see, especially as this will be one of the only opportunities to catch it on the big screen in the UK; and digitally restored to 2K (thanks to festival director Andrew Partridge) Momotaro, Sacred Sailors, Japan’s first animated film dating all the back to 1945, will receive its UK premiere.
On top of all the incredible cinema in store, Scotland Loves Anime will also feature some top notch special guests. This year they welcome the very talented animator Yoshimi Itazu to Glasgow, whose first directorial feature Pigtails will screen at the festival followed by a Q&A with the director afterwards. As for the Edinburgh portion of the festival, Kohei Kawase will be there for the festival weekend. Another awesome guest is famed director Naoyoshi Shiotani (Psycho-Pass, Blood-C The Last Dark) will arrive in early November to celebrate the release of Tokyo Marble Chocolate and Psycho-Pass the Movie. Long-term festival favourite, Jonathan Clements, will also return to present the films at both festivals and will host all talk/Q&A sessions.
There will also be the Judge’s Award category in which industry guests select the best of the festival; an Education Day hosted by Edinburgh College of Art which will include industry experts discussing all aspects of anime, and much more.
We don’t often get to see anime on the big screen in this neck of the woods, so Scotland Loves Anime is the perfect opportunity to check out some of the finest films from the medium and connect with like-minded fans. After the Glasgow and Edinburgh dates it will be touring across Scotland, so be sure to keep an eye out for it.
GLASGOW – Glasgow Film Theatre
Tickets : £8 (£6.50) Season passes available
0141 332 6535 : www.glasgowfilm.org
Friday 14th of October
23:00 – Belladonna of Sadness
Saturday 15th of October
13:45 Momotaro – Sacred Sailor
16:00 Pigtails & Q+A
20:15 KIngsglaive – Final Fantasy XV
Sunday 16th of October
12:30 Anthem of the Heart
15:00 Kizumonogatari – Parts 1 & 2
17:30 Mystery Film
EDINBURGH – Filmhouse Cinema
Tickets : £8.20 (£6)
0131 228 2688 : www.filmhousecinema.com
Monday 17th October
20:30 The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Tuesday 18th October
20:30: Garden of Words & Voices of a Distant Star
Wednesday 19th October
20:30: Belladonna of Sadness
Thursday 20th October
20:30: Princess Arete
Friday 21st October
(times TBC on September 12th)
Accel World – Infinite Burst
Kingsglaive – Final Fantasy XV
Kizumongatari – Part 1 & 2
Saturday 22nd October
(times TBC on September 12th):
A Silent Voice
Momotaro, Sacred Sailors
Sunday 23rd October
(times TBC on September 12th)
Girls und Panzer: The Movie
Pigtails and other shorts from Production I.G
Persona 3 – Movie 1
The Girl Who leapt Through Time
November (dates and times coming soon):
Naoyoshi Shiotani – Special screening event + Q&A / signing.