Fifteen year-old Maquia is a Lolph – a loom-weaving humanoid species that never appears to age. Lolph are considered the Clan of the Separated, as their fate is to always become separated from their loved ones. In consequence, they are taught to never fall in love. Instead, they devote their days to weaving the fabric of life. Their “hibiol” tapestries hold the memory of the clan’s history, lest it be forgotten.

When Maquia gets separated from the clan, she adopts a human baby, and the pair must navigate life in the human world. It is a story that spans decades and generations. The boy grows up, but Maquia’s never ages. Accompanied by Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, Death Note)’s score, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (directed by Mari Okada) is a sentimental fantasy animation about the links between childhood and motherhood. If you heartless wretches bring tissues, you might even shed a tear or two.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms – Saturday, July 14th 12 PM – Hall Theatre

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