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Just fresh off the press: 「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, Japan, 2013) is set to screen at the Glasgow Youth Film Festival on Sunday, February 9, 2014 (news via animenewsnetwork). That’s the first screening for Miyazaki’s film in the UK I have heard of so far.

The Glasgow location is a bit of a surprise – you would have thought it would first pop up in London. But the BFI seemingly had no interest (no anime screened during the 57th London Film Festival) and no other festival suitable to show the Studio Ghibli film has yet come up. While Kaze Tachinu did not make it onto the Scotland Loves Anime programme back in October (not for lack of interest on their part I have been told), the SLA people likely had a hand in arranging this Glasgow screening – kudos to the Scottish people! That said, I do wonder if the Glasgow screening is the UK premiere, as it is not actually labelled as such on the festival website.

I am also not sure what to make of the 3:45 pm screening time of Kaze Tachinu – that’s not exactly prime time. The film is programmed as part of the festival’s Youth strand, but it still makes me feel that Studio Ghibli’s animations are underappreciated in this part of the world.

Blue Exorcist.

Blue Exorcist.

Kaze Tachinu won’t be the only anime screening at the Glasgow Film Festival, as「青の祓魔師(エクソシスト)」 (Ao no Ekusoshisut/Blue Exorcist, Japan, 2013) is on the programme for the same day as well, plus a Mystery Anime (with a Cosplay Red Carpet Parade). Could it be「かぐや姫の藻語り」(Kaguya Hime no Monogatari/Princess Kaguya, Japan, 2013)? Probably not very likely, although it’s not entirely impossible given that this Ghibli film was released in Japan last month. The mystery film however does have a better time slot: it’s showing at 7 pm. The organiser swrite: “Look out for clues on GYFF Twitter and Facebook leading up to the screening and see if you can guess what’s coming!”

Update: The festival catalogue* lists another few anime which will be screening at the Glasgow Film Theatre, prior to the festival: There will be Hosoda Mamoru’s absolutely wonderful and much, much recommended「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」 (Ōkami No Kodomo Ame To Yuki/Wolf Children, Japan, 2013) on Dec 27 and 28, 2013 and Studio Ghibli’s「猫の恩返し」(Neko no Ongaeshi/The Cat Returns, Japan, 2002) on Jan 11, 2014 (I have a REVIEW for this one).

*Actually, it’s not the festival catalogue but the January/February brochure for the Glasgow Film Theatre (which includes December listings too). Talk about confusing!

Bonus Bits:

  • The actual Glasgow Film Festival runs from February 20 – March 2, 2014. Kaze Tachinu screens as part of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival (Feb 2-12, 2014), which is one of the ‘subtests’ of the GFF (a bit confusing IMO!).  Tickets will go on sale on January 24. Early Bird passes will be available from January 5. Update: it seems it is possible to book tickets already now. Thanks to @hammoo for the tip.