Gold Coast Film Festival Features World Premiere of Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

Gold Coast Film Festival Features World Premiere of Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”
"The Garden of Words"
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The Gold Coast Film Festival (GFCC), Australia’s preeminent pop culture film festival, has launched in Queensland with an impressive program of exciting new pop culture films, gritty crime thrillers, hilarious horror movie spoofs, and world-renowned anime features.

Taking place over ten days from April 18-28 at the Carroll and Coyle Cinemas in Broadbeach, Queensland, GCFF 2013 will start with a bang with the Australian premier of multiple award winning film “The History of Future Folk,” a sci-fi musical comedy featuring the real life alien-inspired bluegrass band Future Folk . One half of the Future Folk duo, The Mighty Kevin, will appear at the GFCC premiere.

Also appearing for the first time in Australia at GCFF 2013 is the much-hyped US indie film “Sushi Girl.” Since its global debut in November 2012, “Sushi Girl” has developed a global cult following and received rave reviews. The ultraviolent gritty gangster flick is the directional debut of Kern Saxton who will appear at the Australian premier on April 19 along with cast members Tony Todd (Candyman), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Noah Hathaway (The NeverEnding Story), and Andy Mackenzie (True Blood).

Perhaps the most exciting event of GCFF 2013 is the world premiere of renowned Japanese director Makoto Shinkai’s anime film “The Garden of Words” on April 28. The much anticipated film follows the story of a high school student and shoemaker in training by the name of Takao who skips school and ventures to a Japanese-style garden to sketch shoes. It is here that he meets a mysterious older woman with whom he develops a strong connection. Their relationship blossoms and their meetings become more frequent, but they only meet on rainy days. They become even closer as time goes on and open to each other, but the end of the rainy season soon approaches…

“I am extremely proud to be presenting the World Premiere of my latest film 'The Garden of Words' at the Gold Coast this month,” Shinkai told GCFF. “The Gold Coast Film Festival has been such a great supporter of my films, as have my Australian fans, and it is with this gesture of bringing the World Premiere down under ahead of the film’s premiere here in Japan that I say ‘thank you.’” Shinkai will visit Australia for the first time for the GFCC premier, the first time that he has visited Australia.

“The Garden of Words” is being presented as part of the Cool Japan program which also features Mamoru Hosoda’s anime film “Wolf Children,” Carl Macek's documentary “Robotech Universe,” and “Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 - The Battle for Doldrey” which is being shown in Australia for the first time at GFCC.

Other films making their Australian debut at GFCC 2013 include “Blue Dream,” a film about critic Robert Harmo; British action film “Welcome to the Punch”; “My OTHER Me,” a documentary about the world of cosplaying (short for “costume play”) directed by Josh Laner; “Doomsday Book,” a South Korean sci-fi thriller; and “Cockneys VS Zombies,” a zom-com starring Alan Ford, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan, and the late Richard Briers.

Watch the trailer for Makoto Shinkai’s anime film “The Garden of Words” below