Film

The Artist of Fasting
FILM

The Artist of Fasting

断食芸人 (Danjiki Geinin)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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North American Premiere

Video introduction with director Masao Adachi

After a decade-long hiatus, legendary filmmaker and political firebrand Masao Adachi returns with a characteristically transgressive, critical new film that adapts Kafka's short story "The Hunger Artist" for the modern era. An anonymous man sits down in the middle of a shopping arcade and refuses to eat, speak or move. He is soon visited by a throng of onlookers who project their own meaning onto his assumed act of protest or claim to speak on his behalf. An absurdist satire that unfolds in episodic fashion with avant-garde interludes, Adachi's film uses its fable-like narrative framework to approach controversial topics and historic atrocities while leaving room for ambiguity. Even well into his 70s, Adachi's unique brand of political cinema remains as radical and confrontational as ever.

2015. 105 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Masao Adachi. With Hiroshi Yamamoto, Taizo Sakurai, Sho Ryuzanji, Shoichi Honda, Hiroko Ito.

18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age and older.

"Adachi is a true revolutionary artist, a filmmaker whose unshakable political beliefs have shaped his vision of cinema as an intense engagement with its audience and with its time." —Haden Guest, Harvard Film Archive

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2016.
 
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