|Special Invitation Films|
Works to be screened include DV2, the sequel to director Frederick Wiseman’s Domestic Violence, screened at YIDFF 2001; Sound of Brasil, a road movie delving into the roots of Brazilian music by Finland’s Mika Kaurismäki; an uncut version of Number Zero, a recently discovered and restored documentary by the late Jean Eustache; and Magino Village—A Tale, a masterpiece by Ogawa Shinsuke that could be described as the culmination of his work. Also, a commemorative screening of two films by Maeda Katsuhiro, Polluted Japan and Free Kwangju. Maeda was involved in the production of not only documentaries but also numerous original feature films, and unfortunately passed away in May of this year.
|Learning, Teaching, Filmmaking|
Screenings of works from Japan’s three major documentary film schools, and a roundtable discussion presenting their differences. The Japan Academy of Moving Images in Kawasaki is renowned for personal documentaries like Annyong-Kimchi and Home, which have been theatrically released. “Cinema Juku” in Osaka is a filmmaking initiative led by a filmmaker Hara Kazuo. In the Film School of Tokyo, students can participate in film projects by faculty filmmakers such as Sato Makoto and Aoyama Shinji during their studies. This program will present works reflecting the different approaches of each school in their documentary curricula, and feature a roundtable talk with the instructors. Also Yamagata City’s own Tohoku University of Art & Design’s works will represent an alternative type of film emerging from a non-documentary curriculum. All films will be screened with English simulcast. All discussion sessions will have simultaneous interpreting into English.
Date/Time: October 14 (Tuesday) 10:00-21:00
Venue: Yamagata Central Public Hall (AZ), 4F
10:00 The Japan Academy of Moving Images
- Until the Wind Blows: The Old Man Rhapsody
- Oike Masayoshi / 2002 / 41 min
The filmmaker’s father is in jail for murder. How do his wife and children deal with their psychological wounds?
- Imada Satoshi / 2003 / 60 min
Japanese government policy previously isolated lepers and forced them to endure hardships. Leprosy patients who were forced to spend their lives in isolation reflect on their lives and look to the future.
13:00 The Film School of Tokyo
- GO! GO! fanta-G
- Shimizu Hiroyuki / 2001 / 22 min
To the filmmaker’s surprise, his father is a member of the controversial right-wing “Society for Making New History Textbooks.”
The Way of Making Clay
- Tamura Ichiro / 2002 / 27 min
Clay for famed Mashiko pottery is made by hand. A study for “The Way of Making” seminar in school.
- Iioka Yukiko / 2002 / 43 min
The filmmaker’s grandfather was once a high school art teacher in the town of Hinosato. Without explanation or commentary, the town is depicted in images and scenes as if the camera has become transparent.
16:00 “Cinema Juku”
- Just a Life
- Nagaoka Noa / 2002 / 43 min
A mental patient shouts his opposition to a bill offering amnesty to “insane” people who commit serious crimes.
Daughter and Father
- Tsumoto Mari / 2002 / 50 min
After ten years of social withdrawal, Naomi decides to confront the trauma caused by her abusive father in front of the camera.
19:00 Tohoku University of Art & Design and Roundtable Talk
- It Was Alright, Even if the Car Didn’t Run
- Oki Chieko / 2002 / 10 min
The filmmaker’s father decides to sell his beloved car...
With the Sand still in His Shoes
- Oki Masaharu / 2000 / 12 min
The director acts as “himself” in front of the camera. What is he trying to say?
Followed by a roundtable discussion “Can we teach documentary filmmaking?” with lecturers Yasuoka Takaharu, Sato Makoto and Hara Kazuo, moderated by Kato Itaru.
Summer Vacation with Naomi Kawase
- Matsue Tetsuaki / 2003 / Video / 67 min
In the summer of 2002, Kawase Naomi’s new film Shara was in production in Nara. Fukunaga Kohei, a street musician from Amami Oshima, and Hyodo Yuka, a local high school student chosen from a 1000-plus audition, were cast in the lead roles. Kawase requests them to be “their natural selves” on camera, and the two experience an unforgettable summer.
Date/Time: October 14 (Tuesday) 19:40-20:47
Venue: Muse 2
The director will meet the audience after the screening.
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