East Coast Premiere
Q&A with director Genta Matsugami and star Aya Kitai
High school teen Cocoa (Aya Kitai) supports her gambling addict father and deadbeat brother with a part-time job selling sausages and secret work as a video fetish performer. Initially resigned to her small town life of limited possibilities and economic struggle, when the unexpected prospect of going to a Tokyo university is introduced, Cocoa suddenly sees a way out. Winner of the JAPAN CUTS Award at the 2019 Osaka Asian Film Festival, this original spin on a high school coming-of-age story by newcomer Genta Matsugami resists easy moralizing and overt sentimentality while celebrating the power of resilience and self-determination.
2018. 88 min. Directed by Genta Matsugami. With Aya Kitai, Hiroki Ino, Haruka Imou, Yura Komuro.
|Part of JAPAN CUTS 2019
Tickets: $15/$12 students, seniors & persons with disability/$10 Japan Society members
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