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Goodbye, DonGlees! UK Premiere at the 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Date: 2022 July 20 19:55

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The good folks from Anime Limited have sent us details about Goodbye, DonGlees!. The film is a coming of age story about a group of teens and their little adventures which they've called Don Glees.

This film sounds very promising, not least as it's from Atsuko Ishizuka who directed the truly wonderful A Place Further Than the Universe anime series. We can't overstate how much we enjoyed the teenage antics and quest to get to Antarctica of this heartfelt series. To be honest the press release had as at that. If Goodbye, DonGlees! is half as good a A Place Further Than the Universe we're going to be in for a real treat. We're considering booking some train tickets to shoot up to Edinburgh just to see it.

The film's UK Premiere is due to hit the 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival on Tuesday 16th August 2022 and will be shown again on Friday 19th August 2022. It will also receive a wider theatrical release in the UK and Ireland later this year.

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Press release as follows:

Goodbye, DonGlees!



Explore a world beyond adolescence from the director of "A Place Further Than the Universe" at Edinburgh International Film Festival!

London, UK, 20 July 2022 - There's no time more exciting yet poignant than the end of youth: when we weigh up what's truly special to us and become aware of the wider world outside our humble hometowns. This fond farewell to childhood is at the heart of Goodbye, DonGlees!, !, a coming-of-age adventure that Anime Limited are excited to bring to new horizons with the film's UK Premiere at the 75th Edinburgh International Festival on 16th August 2022, with the film's director Atsuko Ishizuka in attendance! Goodbye, DonGlees! will receive a wider theatrical release in the UK and Ireland later this year.

Outcast by their classmates, teenagers Roma, Toto and Drop found each other and became the tightly knit friendship group dubbed the "DonGlees". However, after meeting up for one last summer firework show together, they find themselves blamed for a nearby forest fire. Believing a wayward drone to be the only way of proving their innocence, the trio head into the rural mountains, and alongside frightful bears and perilous waterfalls, find that growing up might be taking them down different paths in life.

A story of embracing youthful adventure punctuated by emotional soul-searching, Goodbye, DonGlees! embodies the hallmarks that led director Atsuko Ishizuka's 2018 anime series A Place Further Than the Universe to critical acclaim, with the New York Times naming it one of the Best International Shows of the Year. Ishizuka has also previously directed the highly popular fantasy anime series No Game. No Life, and its theatrical prequel No Game, No Life the Movie: Zero.


Teen misfits Roma, Toto, and Drop call themselves the "Don Glees," an informal name for their backyard adventures. One day, when the trio gets blamed for a nearby forest fire, they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. As disaster strikes their expedition, tensions flare between the friends as they realize that growing up has taken them on wildly different paths in life.

Director Atsuko Ishizuka follows up her critically acclaimed series A Place Further Than the Universe with her first original feature film. With luminescent animation and lush backdrops, Goodbye, Don Glees! is a tender coming-of-age story about the fearlessness of being young and the bittersweet journey of self-discovery.

Goodbye, DonGlees! will be shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival on Tuesday 16th and Friday 19th August 2022 , with the director in attendance for the former screening only. The film will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.

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About Atsuko Ishizuka:

Atsuko Ishizuka began making many films while attending the Aichi University of the Arts. She joined Madhouse in 2004 and worked as a production assistant while taking on her first job as director for a music video for Tsuki no Waltz (The Moon Waltz) on NHK television's Minna no Uta (Everyone's Songs). Miss Ishizuka went on to direct many works at Madhouse. She directed the television series No Game, No Life, Hanayamata, Prince of Stride: Alternative, her first theatrical film No Game, No Life the Movie: Zero in 2017, and the full-length original animated film, A Place Further Than The Universe in 2018.

About Anime Limited:

Based out of Glasgow, Anime Limited is Europe's premiere distributor for Japanese animation, renowned for bespoke collector's editions of fan-favourite anime and soundtracks, connecting Western audiences with creators across languages and oceans, and helping to bring anime front and centre in cinemas. Anime Limited proudly produces releases from the biggest franchises in anime including Cowboy Bebop, Attack on Titan, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Mobile Suit Gundam, Tokyo Ghoul, Your Name, Weathering With You, Mirai, BELLE and JUJUTSU KAISEN.

Source: Anime Limited
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