Schools in the Crosshairs

March 31, 2017
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Across the Water

A misty body of water holds the moving human form, flesh, glass, and fabric placed in iridescent relation.

2018, 9 min. Directed by Nao Yoshigai. World Premiere.

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New York Premiere

Misako Ozaki (Ayame Misaki, Born Bone Born) is enthusiastically learning the craft of creating audio descriptions at a company producing soundtracks for visually impaired cinemagoers. Collaborating with a group of consultants with limited eyesight, she struggles to balance accuracy with space for visual imagination, clashing with Masaya Nakamori (Masatoshi Nagase, Electric Dragon 80.000 V, Mystery Train), a celebrated photographer with deteriorating vision. Together they learn to open their senses to the world around them. Approaching her subject with characteristic sincerity and sensuality, Naomi Kawase (Sweet Bean, The Mourning Forest) harnesses playful metafilmic devices from documentary style to a film-within-a-film featuring Tatsuya Fuji and Misuzu Kanno. Lensed by photographer Arata Dodo and featuring a vibrant score by Ibrahim Maalouf.

2017. 101 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Naomi Kawase. With Masatoshi Nagase, Ayame Misaki, Chihiro Ohtsuka, Noémie Nakai.

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, 2017 Cannes Film Festival

"[Kawase] is the rare director who portrays disability, illness or old age as normal aspects of existence, not unique tragedies."

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2018

Tickets: $15/$12 seniors & students/$10 Japan Society members

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Across the water © Nao Yoshigai
  • Friday, March 31, 2017
  • 7:00 pm