International Premiere of Summer Ghost at Leeds on Friday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
On Friday November 12, the international premiere of the 45-minute film Summer Ghost, directed by loundraw, will take place in Leeds as part of the Leeds Film Festival. The venue is the Howard Assembly Room, and the event will include a 30-minute pre-recorded Q&A with the director. Tickets for the screening are available here.
Summer Ghost opens in Japan on November 12. Its director, loudraw, is credited with Original Character Design for I Want to Eat Your Pancreas and Conceptual Design for Josee, The Tiger and the Fish. The story of the short developed from a single illustration that loundraw had drawn.
Tomoya, Aoi, and Ryō are high school students who met online. An urban legend speaks of a "summer ghost," a spirit girl who appears when fireworks are set off. Tomoya cannot live the life he envisioned for himself. Aoi cannot find her place in the world. Ryō has his once shining future suddenly pulled away. Each has their own reason for needing to meet the summer ghost. On a summer night when life and death cross paths, where will each of their emotions take them?
In addition to directing, loundraw also drafted the original character designs, and Flat Studio, the studio loundraw established in 2019, is animating. Hirotaka Adachi, better known as the novelist Otsuichi (Stare film, Goth, Calling You, Zoo), wrote the screenplay. Flagship Line is planning and producing the project, and Avex Pictures is distributing.
In addition to internationally renowned pianist Akira Kosemura, Itoko Toma, Guiano, and Hideya Kojima are contributing to the soundtrack.
The full list of upcoming anime screenings at the Leeds Film Festival is below, with tickets for the screening available on this page:
Friday November 12
12.15 p.m. - JUNK HEAD, 2021 stop-motion animated film directed by Takahide Hori, at Vue at the Light
3 p.m. - Fortune Favours Lady Nikuko, 2021 film directed by Ayumu Watanabe, at Vue at the Light
3.45 p.m. - Angel's Egg (pictured left), 1985 film directed by Mamoru Oshii, at Howard Assembly Rooms.
6 p.m - Summer Ghost, directed by loundraw, including a 30-minute pre-recorded Q&A, at Howard Assembly Room
Sunday November 14
5.45 p.m. - Fortune Favours Lady Nikuko, at Vue at the Light
8 p.m. - JUNK HEAD, at Vue at the Light