K-ON! and A Silent Voice director Naoko Yamada made an appearance at the Annecy International Film Festival along with Science SARU producer and CEO Eunyoung Choi to reveal her new project. Next up from the acclaimed director is Garden of Remembrance, which is currently aiming for a premiere sometime in 2023.
Yamada revealed the first teaser image along with a synopsis of the film, which Annecy describes like so:
An untidy room. Empty beer tins, empty wine bottles, a half-empty glass of whisky…
A girl is getting up absent-mindedly and starts preparing herself. YOUR morning starts. Lazy and hard-to-wake-up YOU. The emoticon is ME watching over YOU. I play tricks on YOU, while YOU are playing the guitar and drinking. One day, in town, YOU walk past THE CHILDHOOD FRIEND who is buying an Anemone I liked, and remembering that I liked them, YOU rush out to buy them.
THE CHILDHOOD FRIEND displays the Anemone with care.
One day, years after I died, YOU hear noise from the closet. Opened, YOU see MY garden right in front of YOU. Overflowing emotions of ME and YOU.
When exiting from the room with memories, a picture of the Anemone that YOU painted is displayed in YOUR new room.
According to Yamada, her inspiration came from a time when Choi asked if she wanted to produce a music-centric short film, after which Yamada called upon Japanese singer/songwriter Lovely Summer Chan to produce music for it and decide upon the themes of the film. They started with the keywords “Feminine Films” and “Femininity,” and Yamada asked Hello, This is Terumi manga author Etsuko Mizusawa to draft the original character designs.
Full teaser visual:
Science SARU is producing the film, so look for more on Garden of Remembrance as we get closer to its 2023 debut.
Via Crunchyroll News