A Silent Voice, the latest theatrical feature from acclaimed studio Kyoto Animation (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!) will open nationwide in UK cinemas on 15 March 2017, according to a press release from distributor Anime Limited.
In addition, the film’s director, Naoko Yoshida (K-ON! The Movie, Tamako Love Story) will be making a rare overseas appearance during the film’s screening at the Glasgow Film Festival on Thursday 23rd February. She will take part in a Q&A session hosted by Scotland Loves Anime veteran and industry expert, Jonathan Clements.
Based on a manga by Yoshitoki Ōima, Anime Limited’s official synopsis of A Silent Voice is as follows:
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…?
Andrew Partridge, the President of Anime Limited, had this to say about the exciting opportunity:
“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.”
Tickets for the Glasgow Film Festival screening are now on sale. We will update with wider theatrical details as they become available. The original manga series is currently available in print from Kodansha Comics and digitally on Crunchyroll.