Anime Film Festival 2019 comes to Picturehouse Central

See four recent classics of the genre at the one-day festival on Saturday, 7 September!

Anton Volkov

02 Aug 19

On Saturday, 7 September, Picturehouse Central is excited to host the first Anime Film Festival! The team has put together a fantastic line-up showcasing four of the most exciting anime films to be released in recent years.

The festival commences with Oscar-nominated Mirai, the latest film from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, Summer Wars) followed by Penguin Highway, based on the best-selling novel by Tomohiko Momori, author of The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short, Walk On Girl.

We are also thrilled to offer you the chance to see Your Name, one of the highest-grossing anime films of all time, on the big screen and to close the festival with Redline, a visual masterpiece that took seven years and over 100,000 hand-drawn frames to make, which has never received a wide cinema release in the UK.

Check out the full line-up and book your tickets below:


From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) comes an Oscar-nominated tale of the importance of family across generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning "future"), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun's entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai... until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from his family's past and future – including his sister as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family's incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future in the first place?

14:20 - Book your tickets now.

Pengiun Highway

An off-kilter sci-fi coming of age story from the creator of Night is Short, Walk on Girl. Aoyama is a serious 10 year-old boy who records all of his day-to-day experiences in his notebook. One day in May, penguins inexplicably appear in his home town, despite being located a long way from the sea. When Aoyama sees "Big Sis" – a young woman who works at a dentist's office – drop a soft drink can which inexplicably turns into a penguin, he decides to investigate and resolve the mystery behind these strange events. Together with his classmates, Aoyama happens upon a strange phenomena which is surely the key to these goings-on. Will their investigation bear fruit, and just how is "Big Sis" linked to these occurrences?

16:30 - Book your tickets now.

Your Name

Mitsuha and Taki have never met, but when the frustrated country girl wishes of a life in the big city, they will forge a connection both unexplainable and unforgettable. In their dreams, the two swap lives, cultures and genders as they learn more about, and grow closer to, each other. What was once a shock becomes a joy-filled double life, but what will happen when they discover the red string of fate tying them together?

19:00 - Book your tickets now.


Redline is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car - all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee - but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?

21:15 - Book your tickets now.

All screenings will be presented in Japanese, with English subtitles.

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