Variety: 2nd Berserk Film to Compete at Annecy

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2nd film in trilogy to screen at world's largest animation festival from June 10-15

The entertainment trade magazine Variety reported on Tuesday that the Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey film will screen in competition at this year's Annecy, the world's largest animation festival. Annecy's website has not yet updated to add its feature-length films in and out of competition, but the festival's Twitter account noted on Tuesday that the lists will go up on the website on Wednesday.

Variety noted that 14 films will screen out of competition, but it only listed the U.S. films that will screen.

Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey, the second part in Studio 4°C's film adaptations of Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga, focuses on the epic battle by the Kingdom of Midland to retake Doldrey Castle from the Chuder Empire. The film opened in Japan on June 23. Viz Media has licensed all three films, and the company released the first film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America on November 27. The second film will ship on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America on August 6.

Viz Media will premiere the English-dubbed version of the film at the New People Cinema in San Francisco on May 11 as part of a double feature with the first Berserk movie, and both films will also air simultaneously on Neon Alley.

The first film in the trilogy screened out of competition at last year's Annecy.

Other anime screening at this year's Annecy includes Masaaki Yuasa and Production I.G's "Kick-Heart" and Yoriko Mizushiri's "Futon" shorts, the "Banapara? track:04 pilot" episode, and a few graduation films. Two other anime shorts will screen out of competition.

This year's Annecy will be held from June 10-15.

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