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.

Hanagatami (Japan Film Festival 2020)

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.

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Dear Etranger (Japan Film Festival 2020)

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.

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Room Laundering (Japan Film Festival 2020)

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.

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The Extreme Sukiyaki (Japan Film Festival 2020)

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.

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Get Groovy! Music Film)

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Get Groovy! Music Film)

In the lengthy musical history of jazz, Miles Davis is undoubtedly one of its most brilliant and influential figures. With his spellbinding performances, this trumpet maestro revolutionized jazz and remained at its forefront for much of his life. This film features interviews with many of Davis’s former collaborators including Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock, as well as never-before-seen footage and rare glimpses of the musical genius at work in the studio. It offers an illuminating portrait of Davis’s eventful life.

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In the Tracks of Alexandre Desplat (Get Groovy! Music Film)

In the Tracks of Alexandre Desplat (Get Groovy! Music Film)

Oscar-winning film score composer Alexandre Desplat has already scored over 100 films including THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, ISLE OF DOGS, THE SHAPE OF WATER, THE DANISH GIRL, THE IMITATION GAME, HARRY POTTER: RELIC OF THE DEAD over the course of his illustrious career. Having already received numerous accolades, he won the grand slam of the Oscars, Golden Globes Awards and the British Academy Film Awards with his work on THE SHAPE OF WATER, proving that he is one of the most prolific musical composers in motion pictures and a master of the form. This documentary explores Alexandre Desplat through his work, showing him in his private studio and attending a recording session with a symphony orchestra, in addition to featuring interviews with a host of top directors including Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski and George Clooney, who testify to the composer’s ability to perfectly combine images and music.

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Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies (ARTiculate: Films)

Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies (ARTiculate: Films)

Vincent van Gogh had had a lifelong yearning for love, but yet his life and death were filled with loneliness. Throughout his life, he suffered from constant anxiety and discomfort as well as a relentless struggle with poverty and romantic failures, culminating in a rage-filled episode in which he cut off his own ear, followed by suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. He found solace only in art, and through painting he soothed his pain. Van Gogh immersed himself in rural life and nature, and consoled himself with the heavens and the earth, creating distinctive visions of night skies and wheat fields. He once wrote that “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

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Imagine: Remastered Version (Get Groovy! Music Film)

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

These words epitomize John Lennon’s lifelong pursuit of peace and love, whose vision of world harmony also led him to create such indelible classic as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”. Among his works, “Imagine,” with its stirring melody and timeless lyrics, was cited by ROLLING STONE magazine as “the greatest musical gift to the world.” Using the power of rock and roll, Lennon expressed his faith in a utopian world that is free and without barriers.

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Gauguin from the National Gallery (ARTiculate: Film)

Paul Gauguin, along with Van Gogh and Cézanne, are seen as pivotal figures of post-Impressionism. Gauguin had long been attracted to exotic cultures and later chose to escape civilization and sought inspiration in foreign locales. He saw himself as a “brute” and his creations are full of vitality and energy. His depictions of native subjects were colorful while at the same time showed careful attention to lines and figure proportions. With this work, he marked a departure from Impressionism and made use of the medium to explore issues about life and art, and his art had a lasting influence on later generations of artists such as Matisse. This film was made in collaboration with The National Gallery in London, which allowed the crew advance access to “Gauguin Portraits”, the first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin that opened in October, 2019. In addition, the production also visited Tahiti, France and the Marquesas Islands to obtain insight on the artist through his works and interviews with his descendants, and offers a comprehensive reevaluation of this “brutish” artist.

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