West North West

July 22, 2017
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Introduction and Q&A with stars Hanae Kan and Sahel Rosa

An exchange student from Tehran studying art, Naima (Sahel Rosa) instantly connects with the melancholy Kei (Hanae Kan) amidst the socially oppressive environment of a sterile Tokyo cafe. Despite the distance between Kei’s nocturnal bartender schedule and punk attitude, and Naima’s academic rigor and religious devotion, an attraction between the two friends blooms, quickly inflaming the jealousy and anti-Islamic prejudice of Kei’s mercurial on-again, off-again model girlfriend Ai (Yuka Yamauchi). The uncertain corners of a romantic triangle spin through desire, love and self-actualization in this slow-burning LGBTQ melodrama featuring memorable characters enlivened by Takuro Nakamura’s sensual, atmospheric direction and bold performances.

2015. 126 min. Blu-ray, in Japanese and Farsi with English subtitles. Directed by Takuro Nakamura. With Hanae Kan, Sahel Rosa, Yuka Yamauchi.

West North West is about the search for direction in life and the impossibility of knowing where you’re headed.” —Justin Chang, Variety

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017.

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