May 25, 2017
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Members-Only past event

Thursday, May 25, 7 PM

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With his highly perceptive attention to character, director Koji Fukada creates an explosive family drama with Harmonium. Intended as a companion piece to the black comedy Hospitalite, Harmonium returns to the domestic sphere as it captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. Life for Toshio (Kanji Furutachi), his wife (Mariko Tsutsui), and their younger daughter Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa) carries on as usual until he hires the mysterious Mr. Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano), an old acquaintance dressed in white who has just been released from prison, in his workshop. Harmonium captivated critics and audiences alike during the 69th Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize. Followed by a Q&A with lead actor Kanji Furutachi.
“A quietly combustible tale of punishment and crime…Cycles of guilt, blame and vindictiveness are replayed in scenes of scorching emotional power, which elicit gut-wrenching performances from Tsutsui and Furutachi.”  —Variety

Harmonium is scheduled to open in New York on Friday, June 16 at Film Society of Lincoln Center. This sneak preview screening was organized with the cooperation of Film Movement.

2016, 120 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Koji Fukada. With Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Kanji Furutachi, Taiga, Momone Shinokawa, Kana Mahiro.

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
  • 7:00 pm