Anime Limited have announced today, an announcement they have alluded to for some time, that A Silent Voice director Naoko Yamada (K-ON!, Tamako Market) will be attending this year’s Glasgow Film Festival. Ms Yamada will be taking part in a Q&A session following a screening of the movie on 23rd February. The Q&A session will be hosted by Scotland Loves Anime veteran MC and anime expert, Jonathan Clements.
Tickets to the screening in question can be book via the official Glasgow Film Festival website. If you can’t attend this screening then worry not as A Silent Voice will be released theatrically across the UK on 15th March albeit without a Naoko Yamada appearance.
All the Anime President, Andrew Partridge had this to say “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.