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Event: A Silent Voice screening as part of Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is back for another year of bringing all the wonders of Japanese cinema to the UK. For 2017, their top billing for the anime fandom is Kyoto Animation’s gorgeous tale of forgiveness and redemption A Silent Voice. The Naoko Yamada-directed picture will screen alongside several live-action movies, all of which reflect the foundation’s chosen theme of “desires, hopes and impulses”.

The Japan Foundation  describe their own impulses behind the theme of this year’s tour:

Taking inspiration from Charlie Chaplin’s famous quote “Life is a desire, not a meaning”, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017 features an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the prism of “desires, hopes and impulses”. Presenting films by established and up-and-coming directors, animation, documentary and classics, this year’s programme promises to not only entertain but also provide a vivid insight into what drives human action.

For Shoya, discovering what drives him is the key to the story of A Silent Voice. When a new girl, Shoka, joins his elementary school class, she becomes a target for bullying because she is deaf. Shoya is drawn into devising new torments for her with his friends, until they push it too far and Shoko leaves the school. Six years later, they cross paths again. Shoya now feels differently, but can he ever make up for his mistakes?

The full list of screening films and their descriptions can be found on the programme’s website. The event begins in London on February 3rd and runs until March 29th, with all the stops on the tour listed as follows:

February 3rd-9th

ICA, London (tickets available here)
Box office: 020 7930 3647
www.ica.org.uk
The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

February 4th-20th

Watershed, Bristol
Box office: 0117 927 5100
www.watershed.co.uk
1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

February 5th – March 1st

HOME, Manchester
Box office: 0161 200 1500
homemcr.org
2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

February 5th – March 26th

Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast

www.queensfilmtheatre.com
20 University Square, Belfast, BT7 1PA

February 7th – March 27th

Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
Box office: 0114 275 7727
www.showroomworkstation.org.uk
Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

February 8th – March 29th

Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Box office: 01392 667080
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

February 10th-12th

QUAD, Derby
Box office: 01332 290606
www.derbyquad.co.uk
The Market Place, The Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS

February 10th – March 28th

mac birmingham, Birmingham
Box office: 0121 446 3232
macbirmingham.co.uk
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, West Midlands B12 9QH

February 11th – March 29th

Phoenix, Leicester
Box Office 0116 242 2800
www.phoenix.org.uk
4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG

February 15th – March 11th

Eden Court, Inverness
Box office: 01463 234 234
www.eden-court.co.uk
Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA

February 19th-23rd

Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
Box office: 01786 466666
macrobertartscentre.org
University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA

February 25th – March 1st

Dundee Contemporary Arts
Box office: 01382 909900
www.dca.org.uk
152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY

March 10th-16th

The Brewery Arts Centre Cinema, Kendal
Box office: 01539 725133
www.breweryarts.co.uk
122a Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE

March 17th-23rd

Broadway, Nottingham
Box office: 0115 952 6611
www.broadway.org.uk
14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL

March 20th-29th

Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Box office: 0131 228 2688
www.filmhousecinema.com
88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

Exactly when each film is on in each location is yet to be announced, and please note that A Silent Voice may not be screening in every listed cinema. But you can keep an eye on the official website for more details as they arrive, and be sure to check the specific line-up for your nearest screens.

2 Comments on Event: A Silent Voice screening as part of Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

  1. Awesome to see they’re bringing this over to the UK again! I was a little bummed out when i missed it the first time, but I made sure to get tickets this time!

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