Hanagatami (Japan Film Festival 2020)

“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to make this film,” said Director Nobuhiko Obayashi. HANAGATAMI is the final chapter of his war film trilogy. The film is based on a novel of the same title. Although Obayashi had finished writing the first draft of the screenplay long before producing HOUSE, shooting did not start until 40 years later, the year in which he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The story of HANAGATAMI revolves around Toshihiko, a sixteen-year-old boy who moved to Karatsu (a port city in the west of Japan) with his aunt Keiko during the time when Japan was on the eve of the Pacific War, and developed a romance with his sick cousin Mina.

Cunningham 3D x The Act of Breathing (JF2020)

CUNNINGHAM 3D (Director: Alla Kovgan / US / 2019 / 93 mins / In English with English Subtitles) CUNNINGHAM is a 3D cinematic experience about the legendary American choreographer, Merce Cunningham, orchestrated through his iconic works and performed by the last generation of his dancers. This poetic film traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the most visionary and influential choreographers worldwide. 3D technology weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey through the choreographer’s world.

And Then We Danced x The Soul (JF2020)

AND THEN WE DANCED (Director: Levan Akin / SE, GE, FR / 2019 / 113 mins / In Georgian with English Subtitles) 2019 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight Selection Selected as the Swedish entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards Merab has been training at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary since his youth.

MA x Afterlight (Asian Premiere) (JF2020)

MA (Director, Writer and Choreographer: Celia Rowlson-Hall / US / 2015 / 82 mins / No Dialogue) World Premiere at Venice Days at Venice Film Festival 2015 Audience Award (Breakthrough Section) at AFI Film Festival 2015 Official Selection at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016

Botticelli, Florence and the Medici (ARTiculate: Films)

Italian Renaissance master Botticelli is well-known for his portrayal of female figures and mythical themes, and his works such as The Birth of Venus and Primavera are now among the main attractions of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

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Hanagatami (Japan Film Festival 2020)

“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to make this film,” said Director Nobuhiko Obayashi. HANAGATAMI is the final chapter of his war film trilogy. The film is based on a novel of the same title. Although Obayashi had finished writing the first draft of the screenplay long before producing HOUSE, shooting did not start until 40 years later, the year in which he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The story of HANAGATAMI revolves around Toshihiko, a sixteen-year-old boy who moved to Karatsu (a port city in the west of Japan) with his aunt Keiko during the time when Japan was on the eve of the Pacific War, and developed a romance with his sick cousin Mina.

Dear Etranger (Japan Film Festival 2020)

Special Grand Prix of the Jury, Montreal World Film Festival 2017
Best Ten Japanese Films, Kinema Junpo 2017
Best Director & Best Supporting Actress, Hochi Film Award 2017
In a society with high divorce and remarriage rates, what exactly is “family”? Makoto and Nanae, each divorced, remarry and live with the two daughters from Nanae’s first marriage. Makoto has been trying hard to break down the barrier between him and his stepdaughters, but their lack of “blood relation” is a difficult obstacle to overcome. When Nanae becomes pregnant with Makoto’s child, her eldest daughter asks to meet her biological father. Hidden feelings of suspicion, jealousy, remorse and melancholy in the family soon emerge.

Room Laundering (Japan Film Festival 2020)

Nominated, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Netpac Award 2018
Great news for the real estate industry! The professional “room launderer” solves spirit problems and purifies rooms. Haunted properties turn into lucrative deals. Smart real estate agent Goro (Odagiri Joe) arranges for his niece, Miko, who can see and talk to the dead, to move into a haunted house to serve the spirits. Only after their wishes are granted can the spirits gain eternal salvation. Miko goes to the spiritual world and dedicates herself to fulfilling the spirits’ last wishes. During her time with the spirits, Miko realises that it is not only the house that needs to be purified, but also the dust that has accumulated inside her heart. Greatly inspired by AMÉLIE, the director created this heartwarming fantasy comedy.

The Extreme Sukiyaki (Japan Film Festival 2020)

After the success of the Japan Academy Film Prize-winning comedy PING PONG, actors Kubozuka Yosuke and Iura Arata collaborate again in this inspirational story of young life which revolves around a meal of sukiyaki. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, Horaguchi visits his former college friend Okawa who he had lost touch with for 15 years, and they recall past memories. The two decide to go on a road trip to the sea to eat sukiyaki with Okawa’s girlfriend Kaede and another old college friend Kyoko. It is a story which features the warmth of friendship and life changes, and the four finally regain their courage to face the future. Post-screening sharing will be held at the auditorium.

The Night I Swam x Mogu and Perol x Typhoon Noruda (Japan Film Festival 2020)

THE NIGHT I SWAM(Director: Kohei Igarashi, Damien Manivel/79mins/No Dialogue with English Subtitles)
Nominated, “Horizons” section, Venice International Film Festival 2017
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017
In the early hours of the morning on a snowy and windy day, a six-year-old boy is awakened by his father, who is preparing to go to work at the fish market. Unable to get back to sleep, the boy quietly starts to draw different sea creatures next to his pillow. On his way to school, his desire to share his paintings with his father makes him turn the corner in front of the school and walk across the snowy landscape to the fish market. A little adventure begins. Along the way is a picturesque and almost dreamy scenery of a small town in northern Japan.

Cunningham 3D x The Act of Breathing (JF2020)

CUNNINGHAM 3D (Director: Alla Kovgan / US / 2019 / 93 mins / In English with English Subtitles)

CUNNINGHAM is a 3D cinematic experience about the legendary American choreographer, Merce Cunningham, orchestrated through his iconic works and performed by the last generation of his dancers. This poetic film traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the most visionary and influential choreographers worldwide. 3D technology weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey through the choreographer’s world.

Gracefully x Blind Dancer (JF2020)

GRACEFULLY (Hong Kong Premiere) (Director: Arash Es’haghi / IR / 2019 / 62mins / In Persian with Chinese and English Subtitles)

Best Director at Yamagata Documentary Film Festival 2019
Official Selection at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020
An 80-year-old man is known for having danced at local ceremonies and celebrations dressed as a woman in his youth.

Being Jérôme Bel x Ferdinand Knapp (JF2020)

BEING JÉRÔME BEL (Asian Premiere) (Directors: Sima Khatami, Aldo Lee / FR / 2019 / 79 mins / In French and English with Chinese and English Subtitles)

In 2015, the artist/choreographer Jérôme Bel gave us free reign to film him at work. But to make a film on Bel is to embark on a paradoxical project: how does one direct the work of an “anti-director”? How does one remain author in the face of a world-renowned artist known for his work on the “death of the author”? During shooting, which took place over a long period of time, we waited for an unexpected event, an event that would push Jérôme Bel out of the character that we were busy constructing. The event took place. We seized it.

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Hanagatami (Japan Film Festival 2020)

“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to make this film,” said Director Nobuhiko Obayashi. HANAGATAMI is the final chapter of his war film trilogy. The film is based on a novel of the same title. Although Obayashi had finished writing the first draft of the screenplay long before producing HOUSE, shooting did not start until 40 years later, the year in which he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The story of HANAGATAMI revolves around Toshihiko, a sixteen-year-old boy who moved to Karatsu (a port city in the west of Japan) with his aunt Keiko during the time when Japan was on the eve of the Pacific War, and developed a romance with his sick cousin Mina.

Dear Etranger (Japan Film Festival 2020)

Special Grand Prix of the Jury, Montreal World Film Festival 2017
Best Ten Japanese Films, Kinema Junpo 2017
Best Director & Best Supporting Actress, Hochi Film Award 2017
In a society with high divorce and remarriage rates, what exactly is “family”? Makoto and Nanae, each divorced, remarry and live with the two daughters from Nanae’s first marriage. Makoto has been trying hard to break down the barrier between him and his stepdaughters, but their lack of “blood relation” is a difficult obstacle to overcome. When Nanae becomes pregnant with Makoto’s child, her eldest daughter asks to meet her biological father. Hidden feelings of suspicion, jealousy, remorse and melancholy in the family soon emerge.

Room Laundering (Japan Film Festival 2020)

Nominated, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Netpac Award 2018
Great news for the real estate industry! The professional “room launderer” solves spirit problems and purifies rooms. Haunted properties turn into lucrative deals. Smart real estate agent Goro (Odagiri Joe) arranges for his niece, Miko, who can see and talk to the dead, to move into a haunted house to serve the spirits. Only after their wishes are granted can the spirits gain eternal salvation. Miko goes to the spiritual world and dedicates herself to fulfilling the spirits’ last wishes. During her time with the spirits, Miko realises that it is not only the house that needs to be purified, but also the dust that has accumulated inside her heart. Greatly inspired by AMÉLIE, the director created this heartwarming fantasy comedy.

The Extreme Sukiyaki (Japan Film Festival 2020)

After the success of the Japan Academy Film Prize-winning comedy PING PONG, actors Kubozuka Yosuke and Iura Arata collaborate again in this inspirational story of young life which revolves around a meal of sukiyaki. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, Horaguchi visits his former college friend Okawa who he had lost touch with for 15 years, and they recall past memories. The two decide to go on a road trip to the sea to eat sukiyaki with Okawa’s girlfriend Kaede and another old college friend Kyoko. It is a story which features the warmth of friendship and life changes, and the four finally regain their courage to face the future. Post-screening sharing will be held at the auditorium.

The Night I Swam x Mogu and Perol x Typhoon Noruda (Japan Film Festival 2020)

THE NIGHT I SWAM(Director: Kohei Igarashi, Damien Manivel/79mins/No Dialogue with English Subtitles)
Nominated, “Horizons” section, Venice International Film Festival 2017
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017
In the early hours of the morning on a snowy and windy day, a six-year-old boy is awakened by his father, who is preparing to go to work at the fish market. Unable to get back to sleep, the boy quietly starts to draw different sea creatures next to his pillow. On his way to school, his desire to share his paintings with his father makes him turn the corner in front of the school and walk across the snowy landscape to the fish market. A little adventure begins. Along the way is a picturesque and almost dreamy scenery of a small town in northern Japan.

Cunningham 3D x The Act of Breathing (JF2020)

CUNNINGHAM 3D (Director: Alla Kovgan / US / 2019 / 93 mins / In English with English Subtitles)

CUNNINGHAM is a 3D cinematic experience about the legendary American choreographer, Merce Cunningham, orchestrated through his iconic works and performed by the last generation of his dancers. This poetic film traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the most visionary and influential choreographers worldwide. 3D technology weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey through the choreographer’s world.

Gracefully x Blind Dancer (JF2020)

GRACEFULLY (Hong Kong Premiere) (Director: Arash Es’haghi / IR / 2019 / 62mins / In Persian with Chinese and English Subtitles)

Best Director at Yamagata Documentary Film Festival 2019
Official Selection at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020
An 80-year-old man is known for having danced at local ceremonies and celebrations dressed as a woman in his youth.

Being Jérôme Bel x Ferdinand Knapp (JF2020)

BEING JÉRÔME BEL (Asian Premiere) (Directors: Sima Khatami, Aldo Lee / FR / 2019 / 79 mins / In French and English with Chinese and English Subtitles)

In 2015, the artist/choreographer Jérôme Bel gave us free reign to film him at work. But to make a film on Bel is to embark on a paradoxical project: how does one direct the work of an “anti-director”? How does one remain author in the face of a world-renowned artist known for his work on the “death of the author”? During shooting, which took place over a long period of time, we waited for an unexpected event, an event that would push Jérôme Bel out of the character that we were busy constructing. The event took place. We seized it.

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