As mentioned in Saturday’s Guardian, a touring festival dedicated to contemporary Japanese films about women is making its way around the UK. After Sheffield, Belfast, London and Edinburgh it also makes its way to Bristol.
The Japan Foundation’s 2010 touring film programme looks at contemporary Japanese cinema made about and, in some cases, by women. Touring to five venues during February and March, the programme is composed of works from the past few years and showcases how Japanese contemporary filmmakers, from the very established, such as the late Jun Ichikawa, to young and promising filmmakers, like Satoko Yokohama, approach the issues facing women and adolescents. This season also includes works by female directors, reflecting the exciting trend of a marked increase in the number of female directors working in the Japanese film industry. This is a unique collection of films not to be missed!
In Bristol, the Arnolfini will screen the six movies from 13 to 21 March and they are as follows:
- Kamome Diner (2006)
- ASYLE (2007)
- Fourteen (2007)
- German plus Rain (2007)
- How to Become Myself (2007)
- Non-Ko (2008)
The festival still requires some evaluators in Belfast, Edinburgh and Bristol. In exchange for a complimentary ticket, you will need to attend two screenings and answer an extended questionnaire giving your opinions on the season and films you have seen. If you are interested in acting as an evaluator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, telling them your full name and which is your closest venue.
For more details see the Arnolfini closer to the date and The Japan Foundation.