The film screened at Annecy in a Work in Progress session on Thursday. The film will open in Japan in October.
The award-winning manga follows a bride named Suzu Urano as she moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture. Suzu perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination.
Director and writer Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) had announced the feature film in 2012. Early concept art featured designs by Chie Uratani (Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, Mai Mai Miracle, Tekkonkinkreet animation director), and the staff completed the scenario and storyboards. The studio MAPPA (Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) is animating the film, and GENCO is producing.
The film raised 36,224,000 yen (about US$292,000) from 3,374 people via a crowdfunding campaign last year.
JManga had released Kono's manga in English online. The manga series won an Excellence Prize in the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival, and it already inspired a live-action television special starring Keiko Kitagawa (live-action Sailor Moon's Sailor Mars, Paradise Kiss) as Suzu Urano in 2011. Last Gasp Publishing and jaPress released Kono's manga Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms in North America.