The Whispering Star

July 16, 2016
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New York Premiere

Video introduction with director Sion Sono
Due to a scheduling conflict, Sion Sono will not be present to participate in a Q&A as previously announced.

SOLD OUT. Sion Sono’s first feature with his newly established independent production company is the realization of a script he wrote two decades ago but reworked to reflect the present. Humanoid delivery woman Yoko Suzuki (Megumi Kagurazaka) makes her rounds through space, landing on isolated planets and meeting near-extinct human beings along the way. Whispering to Yoko is the child-like voice of her spaceship’s operating machine. Neither understands why humans have the need to send each other seemingly insignificant objects that take years to be delivered. Shot in black and white, Sono’s beautifully crafted sci-fi setting is reminiscent of the films of Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky. The empty landscapes that Yoko visits were filmed in the evacuated zones of Fukushima, featuring many people that Sono interviewed while making his post-3/11 film, The Land of Hope (2012).

2016. 100 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Sion Sono. With Megumi Kagurazaka, Kenji Endo, Yuto Ikeda, Koko Mori.

"Sion Sono… can always be counted on for something extraordinary, and The Whispering Star is one of his most imaginative films yet." —Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto International Film Festival

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2016.

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