Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou) the directorial debut of acclaimed anime screenwriter Mari Okada (The Anthem of the Heart), will have its international premiere at Glasgow Film Festival, Anime Limited announced this afternoon.
Produced by P.A. Works (Shirobako), the film will be shown at Glasgow International Festival on Sunday 4th March at 1:30pm, marking the first international showing following the film’s Japanese release the week before. Anime Limited describe the story of Maquia, as follows:
“Acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada makes her directorial debut in this animated fantasy feature.
The people of Iolph 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.”
The staff list is as follows:
Director/Script: Mari Okada
Chief Director: Toshiya Shinohara
Art Director: Kazuki Higashiji
Art Design: Tomoaki Okada
Music: Kenji Kawai
Character Designer: Akihiko Yoshida, Yuriko Ishii
Maquia: Manaka Iwami
Erial: Miyu Irino
Leilia: Ai Kayano
Clear: Yuuki Kaji
Rashine: Miyuki Sawashiro
Lang: Yoshimasa Hosoya
Mido: Rina Satou
Tita: Yōko Hikasa
Medmel: Misaki Kuno
Isol: Tomokazu Sugita
Baro: Hiroaki Hirata
Anime Limited will also be releasing Maquia in UK cinemas, although further details are still to be announced.
Tickets will be going on sale shortly – and we’ll let you know when they do!