2004-07-01 | YIDFF Tokyo Screenings

Once again a selection of films from the YIDFF is about to hit Tokyo, with a focus on works from last year’s festival. In addition, the jam-packed schedule also includes special programs put together especially for our friends in the capital.

Documentary Dream Show: Yamagata in Tokyo 2004

[When] September 8 (Wed) –October 11 (Mon)
[Where] The Japan Foundation Forum, Athenee Francais Cultural Center, The Film School of Tokyo

Scheduled Screening Program
  • International Competition
  • New Asian Currents
  • Newsreel—1968: They called them “bullet films”
  • Okinawa—Nexus of Borders: Ryukyu Reflections
  • American dream or American nightmare?
  • On the world stage! More conscientious, more dynamic:
    Asia Press International
and much more

One film Advance tickets 1,000 yen, same day tickets 1,300 yen
Three films Advance tickets 2,700 yen, same day tickets 3,600 yen
Ten films Advance tickets 8,000 yen, same day tickets 10,000 yen
Pass Advance & same day tickets 15,000 yen (limited issue of 100 passes, comes with YIDFF 2003 catalog)
* Athene Francais Cultural Center members, Film School of Tokyo students: one program 800 yen (same-day sales only)
* Advance tickets are now on sale at Athene Francais Cultural Center, Ticket Pia (P code 473-378) and ticket agencies in Tokyo.
* Tickets in the three film and ten film packs may be used by filmgoers other than the purchaser. However, the Free Pass is valid for one user only.

Program details Documentary Dream Show: Yamagata in Tokyo 2004
Program and Schedule Finalized!


Building up to the Tokyo festival in September, a special promotional preview screening and talk show will be held at the Athenee Francais Cultural Center on July 21 (Wed). Everyone is welcome to attend, so we look forward to seeing you there.

Preliminary Event

[When] July 21 (Wed), 18:30

Screening Lineup
Great Society
Oe Masanori / USA / 1967 / 17 min / 16mm six screen multi-projection
In 1968, the movement against the Vietnam War catalyzed the sudden emergence of a radical filmmaking collective that called itself Newsreel. Oe Masanori, filmmaker and former Newsreel member, has created a kaleidoscopic collage which blends psychedelic music with footage from the Cold War era, anti-Vietnam war protests, student activism, nuclear explosions and much more, all emitting simultaneously from six projectors. One of the major talking points from YIDFF 2003, Great Society will be shown in Tokyo.

Sha Qing / China / 2002 / 49 min / video
In a rural village, a youth afflicted with cerebral paralysis communicates with his family in a language that transcends words. His condition begins to deteriorate, and as his family and fellow villages do not have the money to pay for an operation, all they can do is watch over him. Winner of the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize, the top award in the New Asian Currents category, Wellspring aroused the tears and sympathy of YIDFF 2003 audiences with its restrained visual approach.

10 Minutes 0lder (original)
Herz Frank / USSR / 1978 / 10 min
Screening for the first time ever in Japan, this gem of a short film by Herz Frank, director of Flashback from YIDFF 2003’s International Competition, became the inspiration for the “10 Minutes Older” series of omnibus films. A glimpse of life's perils, gained through observing a boy watching a puppet play.

Talk show (tentative lineup)
Oe Masanori (director of Great Society)
Abé Mark Nornes (Associate Professor at University of Michigan)

[Where] Athenee Francais Cultural Center (phone: 03-3291-4339)
[Admission] 1,300 yen (same day sales only)  Athenee Francais members: 1,000 yen
[Inquiries] phone: 03-5362-0672 (YIDFF Tokyo office)