Friday, August 12 at 7 pm
In Kore-eda’s international breakthrough film, the recently deceased find themselves in a limbo-like realm where they must select a single cherished moment from their lives to be recreated on film for them to take into the next world. After Life’s high-concept premise is grounded in Kore‑eda’s documentary-like approach to the material, which he shaped through interviews with hundreds of Japanese citizens. What emerges is a panoramic vision of the human experience—its ephemeral joys and lingering regrets—and a quietly profound meditation on memory, our interconnectedness, and the amberlike power of cinema to freeze time. (Criterion Collection)
Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda, 1998, 119 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Arata, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima, Sayaka Yoshino, Takashi Naito, Kei Tani.
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