From Eleven Arts – acclaimed distributor of such anime gems such as Sword Art Online: The Movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, and the Evangelion feature film trilogy – comes director Naoko Yamada’s breathtaking A Silent Voice.
Winner of this year’s Tokyo Anime Award for Best Feature Film, A Silent Voice follows the poignant and moving story of Shoko Nishimiya, a young girl with a hearing disability. Her story begins in sixth grade when Shoko transfers to a new school school and quickly finds herself isolated and bullied, particularly by a popular ringleader named Shoya Ishida, who leads the class in taunting her. As the bullying continues, the class starts to bully Shoya for bullying Shoko. After graduating from elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other, until an older and more mature Shoya, tormented over his past, decides he must see Shoko once more and make amends. A Silent Voice very frankly depicts the struggles and challenges of adolescence alongside coming-of-age outside the norm, and frames it in a gorgeously rendered animated feature film that dazzles they eyes while tugging at the heartstrings.
Friday, October 20 – 7:30pm, 10pm
Sunday, October 22 – 8pm
“****. An emotionally detailed portrait of coming-of-age and the high school politics that go along with it, not to mention a universally relatable one.” – Sarah Ward, ArtsHub
“A Silent Voice resonates as an authentic depiction of adolescent vulnerability and the uniquely cataclysmic perils of teenage life.” – James Marsh, South China Morning Post
“A real gem of animation. Those caught in ’13 Reasons Why’ (Netflix) series will find another perspective on the world of bullying and an equally intriguing even poetic drama.” – Mario P. Székely, Siete24.mx