The Japanese Film Festival will return this April to bring the best of new Japanese cinema to Irish audiences. Dates have just been announced, alongside the first film titles, giving a sneak peek at the exciting line-up planned for the 2018 Japanese Film Festival, taking place from April 8 – 22, 2018.

Ireland’s only truly national film festival will celebrate its 10th edition in April across Ireland.

Screenings have already been confirmed for Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Dundalk, Tipperary and Dublin, with additional locations to be added in the coming weeks.

Once again the Festival will feature the most acclaimed filmmakers from contemporary Japanese cinema, with a variety of themes, genres and topics to appeal to all audiences.

Already confirmed is the highly anticipated anime Mary and the Witch’s Flower from Oscar-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was ThereArriety). Set in the magical world of a school for witches, this sublime blend of magic and fantasy will sweep audiences along with its charming, heartfelt adventure, and will be shown in its original Japanese language version with English subtitles.

Also confirmed is the award-winning crowd-pleaser Close Knit, a gentle and heart-warming drama revolving around a neglected young girl who finds stability in unexpected family circumstances, as well as the entertaining comedy At the Terrace, whose story unfolds over one evening at an exclusive party held at a mansion.

Stay tuned for more announcements to come and join the conversation on social channels media with the hashtag #JFF18 on Facebook and Twitter

The Embassy of Japan, access>CINEMA and the Ireland Japan Association are the co-organisers of the Festival, with the support of the Japan Foundation.

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