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Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
Regissør: Mari Okada

The Oslo Cinematheque kicks off the new year with the showing of Japanese anime. Film of the month in January 2019 is Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms by Mari Okanda.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is a mix of sci-fi, fantasy and dramatic medieval adventure that tells a very special story about a single mother and her adopted son. The story is personal to screenwriter and director Mari Okada, who herself grew up with a single mother, and from the beginning she has expressed a desire for maximum control over the result. Finally, she made her directorial debut – and her debut leaves no doubt about a great talent, including on the front of the stage: Okada has written screenplays for over twenty Japanese anime films, including the very good ones The Anthem of the Heart og Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.


Maquia is the protagonist of the story. She lives in an isolated colony of (apparently) young, blonde girls. They all weave on the cloth Hibiol, which carries the memories. . .

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Tommy Lørdahl
Lørdahl is a journalist, critic, DJ and regular writer in Ny Tid.

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