P.A. Works’ Maquia: When the promised Flower Blooms, the directorial debut of notable anime screenwriter Mari Okada, is to see its international premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on March 4th, 2018.
Following on from the international premiere, Anime Limited will be bringing the film to cinemas across the UK and Ireland in March. No confirmed details on that as of yet but we’ll expect to see some more concrete plans from Anime Limited soon.
The people of Iolph are known for two things: their youthful longevity and peaceful lives weaving tapestry. When that is disturbed and their home thrown into chaos by those believing that their blood gifts longer life, Maquia loses not only her friends, but a place to return to. Lost in both mind and body, she stumbles into a dark forest and happens upon Aliel, an orphaned baby boy. Together, the two embark on an emotional journey of the bond between the ageless and the mortal.
A project combining the talents of P.A. Works and Mari Okada sounds nothing short of a match made in heaven and have already come together on previous projects such as Hanasaku Iroha and Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea to name a few. While P.A. Works’ vast back catalogue speaks for itself, personally one of my favourite studios, Mari Okada has worked on her fair share of fantastic series – Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anyone!? Of course, being Mari Okada’s first time in the director’s chair we can only wait and see how the movie plays out but I think we’re definitely going to be in for a visually wonderful and emotional experience.
Director & Screenplay: Mari Okada (“The Anthem of the Heart”)