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  • Apr.25, 2017

Selected to be screened at Annecy, the world’s premier animated film festival, born from the Cannes International Film Festival!

Polygon Pictures ("PPI," President and CEO: Shuzo Shiota, Head Office: Tokyo, Japan) is proud to announce that the animated feature film BLAME! (Director: Hiroyuki Seshita), which will begin showing at cinemas nationwide from Saturday, May 20, 2017, has been officially selected to be screened at the world's premier animated film festival, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, to be held in Annecy, France, between Monday, June 12, and Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival was established in 1960 as a specialized film festival for the animation category by members of the Cannes International Film Festival, and is now the world's largest animated film festival.
BLAME! is scheduled to be shown from 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at the Bonlieu Grande Salle (945 person capacity).

We received this comment from Mr. Marcel Jean, Artistic Director for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, who selected BLAME! for this special screening:
“The Annecy Festival is pleased to present BLAME! on the large screen. This is certainly the best animated science fiction feature we've seen in recent years. I was caught up in the force of the story from the first minute. This film is a classic to be!” (Marcel Jean)

About the Annecy International Animated Film Festival:

One of the world's four big animated film festivals, along with Zagreb, Ottawa, and Hiroshima.
Established in 1960 from the animation category of the Cannes International Film Festival, and now the world's largest and most presigious animated film festival. Held every year in June in the town of Annecy, at the foot of the French Alps. At last year's festival, around 500 short- and long-form works from 85 different countries were shown, with 9,150 people in attendance. The MIFA marketplace is also held during the festival, where 2,800 industry professionals gather from 68 countries around the world.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival
Venue: Annecy, France 
Dates: Monday, June 12 - Saturday, June 17, 2017
Official Site: http://www.annecy.org/home


BLAME! Overview

In cinemas nationwide from Saturday, May 20th, 2017 (two-week limited run)

Tsutomu Nihei's visionary debut, which has continued to inspire creators around the world.

Humanity faces purges and extermination in a dark future, and a wanderer named Killy must carry out a solitary, dangerous mission through a mammoth multi-leveled "city" that continues to expand forever in the masterpiece SF manga BLAME! (from Kodansha's Afternoon magazine). The unique setting, unfathomable scale, and hard, heavy action garnered acclaim from directors and artists both in Japan and abroad, creating hopes that against all odds, a film adaptation might one day happen. Now, twenty years after the original comic began, an animated feature-length film is about to be unleashed upon the entire world. Now, twenty years after the original comic began, an animated feature-length film is about to be unleashed upon the entire world.
Directing the film will be Hiroyuki Seshita, who brought the world the complex, hard-SF battles of Knights of Sidonia and the speedy, thrilling suspense of Ajin: Demi-Human. Animation will be handled by Polygon Pictures, known worldwide for their award-winning work on shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Transformers: Prime, as well as the epic Knights of Sidonia series. On top of that, original creator Tsutomu Nihei is providing full creative direction to the project, handling script and character design.
With the staff of the visionary Knights of Sidonia reunited and the executive supervision of story creator Tsutomu Nihei, BLAME! is ready to shock the world once again with an all-new story!

In a future where technology has run rampant, humanity's only hope rests on a lone wanderer.

An "infection" in the past has caused automated systems to spiral out of order, resulting in a multi-leveled city structure that replicates itself infinitely in all directions.
Now humanity has lost access to the city's controls, and is hunted down and purged by the defense system known as the Safeguard.
In a tiny corner of the city, a little enclave known as the Electro-Fishers is facing eventual extinction, trapped between the threat of the Safeguard and dwindling food supplies.
A girl named Zuru goes on a journey to find food for her village, only to inadvertently cause doom when an observation tower senses her and summons a Safeguard pack to eliminate the threat.
With her companions dead and all escape routes blocked, the only thing that can save her now is the sudden arrival of Killy the Wanderer, on his quest for the Net Terminal Genes, the key to restoring order to the world.

Killy: Takahiro Sakurai Cibo: Kana Hanazawa Zuru: Sora Amamiya
Pops: Kazuhiro Yamaji Sutezo: Mamoru Miyano Tae: Aya Suzaki
Fusata: Nobunaga Shimazaki Atsuji: Yuki Kaji
The Authority: Aki Toyosaki Sanakan: Saori Hayami

Based on the manga: BLAME! (published by KODANSHA Ltd.) by Tsutomu Nihei
Creative Consultant: Tsutomu Nihei Director: Hiroyuki Seshita
Co-director/CG Supervisor: Tadahiro "Tady" Yoshihira Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai
Production Designer: Naoya Tanaka Character Designer: Yuki Moriyama
Director of Photography: Mitsunori Kataama Background Art Director: Hiroshi Takiguchi
Color Designs: Hironori Noji Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami Music: Yugo Kanno
Main Theme: angela "Calling you" Music Produced by: King Records
Animation Produced by: Polygon Pictures Inc.
Distributed by: The Klockworx Produced by: BLAME! Production Committee

Official Homepage/Twitter/Facebook
Official Site: http://www.blame.jp/
Official Twitter: @BLAME_anime
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLAME.anime