March 8: Animezing!: Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms
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Animezing!: Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms
Winner of Best Animated Film at the 2018 Shanghai International Film Festival and nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
The people of Iorph live far away from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into a fabric called Hibiol. They live for centuries while maintaining their youthful appearance. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives her life in an oasis surrounded by friends, yet somehow feels "alone". But the tranquil lives of the Iorph are shattered in an instant when the Mezarte army invades their territory on a dragon fleet, seeking the blood that grants the Iorph long life.
Maquia manages to escape, but loses her friends and her home in the chaos. She then encounters an orphaned baby who is "alone". Maquia raises this boy "Ariel", with the help of some new friends. But as the era changes, the bond between Maquia and Ariel changes too, amidst a backdrop of racial tensions between the Iorph and the Mezarte. This is a story of irreplaceable time, woven by two lonely people who can only find solace in each other.
In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 2018 | 115 min | Directed by Mari Okada
Regsitration required. Recommend for ages 13+
Women In Cinema
Director: Mari Okada
Mari Okada began her career in 1996 writing scenarios for direct-to-video features, video games, and radio dramas. For her tremendous output and work in several anime series in 2011 she was awarded the 16th Animation Kobe Award – Individual Award. Other anime series and films that she has written for include Fate/Stay Night (2006), Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (2012), and The Anthem of the Heart (2015). Okada made her directorial debut in 2018's Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms.