Yamagata and Film
[Venues] Yamagata Museum of Art 2, Forum 4, 5, Kuguru
Yamagata, the “city of film,” is naturally the host of this international film festival, but there but there is also a history of film-related projects all across the prefecture of Yamagata. We stand upon a foundation erected through the accumulation of this history.
This program explores Yamagata’s present, past, and future through a variety of themes. Yamagata Silver Screen Revival! returns historical movie theaters in Yamagata Prefecture to their former glory through a variety of methods, including testimonial records and materials and film screenings. Among the many theaters lost to history, Green House was a legendary movie theater once considered by some to be the world’s best, located in Yamagata Prefecture’s Sakata City, while Kaminoyama’s Tokiwa Theater was featured in Oshii Mamoru’s first live-action movie, The Red Spectacles. Film director Sato Makoto has also had a profound impact on Yamagata’s film history. His relationship with Yamagata began back in 1989, during the first film festival. His work, Living on the River Agano was given a preliminary screening at the 1991 festival in rough form, and this important episode of his life as well as the valuable role YIDFF has had will be explored in Ten Trips Around the Sun: Sato Makoto’s Documentary Horizon Today. And don’t miss all the other projects where you can discover the happy relationship between Yamagata and film! From the video production workshop project, to The Future of Yamagata and Film, which presents film students’ films, and On the Road to a Creative City of Film, which details Yamagata’s efforts to achieve UNESCO certification.
- Yamagata Silver Screen Revival!
- The Red Spectacles Dir: Oshii Mamoru / 1987 / 116 min
Interviews: Green House Magic 2017 / 40 min
Ten Trips Around the Sun: Sato Makoto’s Documentary Horizon Today
- Living on the River Agano 1992 / 115 min
Diary of Our Daughter’s Birth 1994 / 47 min
The Brightness of the Day 1995 / 47 min
Artists in Wonderland 1998 / 93 min
SELF AND OTHERS 2000 / 53 min
Hanako 2001 / 60 min
Memories of Agano 2004 / 55 min
Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said 2005 / 137 min
The Future of Yamagata and Film
- Live Life Love Tohoku University of Art and Design / 2017 / 112 min
On the Road to a Creative City of Film
- Yamagata Iron Casting 25 min
Yamagata Forged Blades 22 min
Hard Boiled City Yamagata 20 min
Living with Film 39 min