Canadian Theatrical News: Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms

Eleven Arts have partnered up with Cineplex to bring Mari Okada and P.A. Works’ original film Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms to theatres in Canada this July. The movie opened in Japan on February 28th of this year with U.S. screenings also taking place in July.

Marking her directorial debut, Mari Okada (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) also assumed her usual role as the writer for the picture. Maquia stands as the first feature-length theatrical film fully produced by animation studio P.A. Works (Shirobako, Kuromukuro). Yuriko Ishii serves as animation director and assisted with character designs alongside Bravely Default’s Akihiko Yoshida. Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, Fate/Stay Night) composed the movie’s score.


The people of Iorph live far away from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into a fabric called Hibiol. They live for centuries while maintaining their youthful appearance. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives her life in an oasis surrounded by friends, yet somehow feels “alone”. But the tranquil lives of the Iorph are shattered in an instant when the Mezarte army invades their territory on a dragon fleet, seeking the blood that grants the Iorph long life. Maquia manages to escape, but loses her friends and her home in the chaos. She then encounters an orphaned baby who is “alone”. Maquia raises this boy “Ariel”, with the help of some new friends. But as the era changes, the bond between Maquia and Ariel changes too, amidst a backdrop of racial tensions between the Iorph and the Mezarte. This is a story of irreplaceable time, woven by two lonely people who can only find solace in each other.


Calgary Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas TBA
Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas TBA

British Columbia

Langley Cineplex Cinemas Langley TBA
Vancouver The Park Theatre 7/28 @ 3:45PM
7/29 @ 7:30PM


Winnipeg Cineplex Odeon McGillivray and VIP Cinemas 7/28 @ 3:45PM


St.John’s Scotiabank Theatre St. John’s TBA

Nova Scotia

Halifax Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane 7/28 @ 3:45PM
7/29 @ 7:30PM


Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Barrie TBA
Oakville Cineplex Odeon Winston Churchill Cinemas 7/28 @ 3:45PM
7/29 @ 7PM
Ottawa Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas TBA
Peterborough Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough TBA
Scarborough Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas TBA
Sudbury SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas TBA
Thunder Bay SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas TBA
Toronto Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP 7/28 @ 3:45PM
7/29 @ 7PM
Windsor SilverCity Windsor Cinemas 7/28 @ 3:45PM
7/29 @ 7PM


Cote St. Luc Cinéma Cineplex Quartier Cavendish 7/28 @ 3:45PM
7/29 @ 7PM
Montreal Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (as part of Fantasia Festival) 7/14 @ 12PM
Montreal Cineplex Odeon Latin Quarter Cinemas 7/29 @ 6:45PM


Regina Galaxy Cinemas Regina TBA

The film will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

For last minute changes, keep your eyes on the Cineplex page and Eleven Arts website for the movie.

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