Harmony Director Talk in Edinburgh June 27

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Open to Edinburgh Film Festival passholders and BAFTA members

Takashi Nakamura, the director of Harmony, and animation director and character designer of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, will appear at an event during the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Tuesday June 27 at 7.30 p.m. This is part of the festival's non-public (Industry) strand, open to Festival passholders and BAFTA members. There are details of the hour-long event on the festival website and the BAFTA website.

Nakamura has made his first 3D animated fantasy short film, "Ylion and Callysia," which has a Festival screening on the same day, June 27, at 4 p.m.

From the Festival website:

BAFTA Scotland and Scotland Loves Anime are very excited to welcome Akira's animation director, Takashi Nakamura for this in conversation event. Takashi's latest short film, Ylion and Callysia is being screened as part of this year's EIFF International Animation Shorts programme (Tues 27 June, 16:00, Filmhouse 1). Takashi will be joined by the short's vice director, Mr Mitsurori Murata. Takashi is the founding member of the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) and has worked as a director and animator on television series including The Adventures of Peter Pan and Fantastic Children. His film work includes Catnapped! The Movie (1995) and A Tree of Palme (2002). Harmony is his latest feature.

His new film centers around two close siblings, Ylion and Callysia. One day, because the siblings' father tried to capture a unicorn, Callysia is spirited away. A decade later, Ylion has grown up to become a powerful warrior. With a sword of unicorn horn from the king, Ylion sets off for the mid-air garden where unicorns live.

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