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FILM SERIES

ACA Cinema Project

The Female Gaze:

Women Filmmakers from
JAPAN CUTS and Beyond

Selected by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan and Japan Society

November 11—20, 2022

A survey of the growing prominence and visibility of women in film, the latest ACA Cinema Project series The Female Gaze: Women Filmmakers from JAPAN CUTS and Beyond focuses on the essential roles that female artists play from behind the camera in Japanese cinema—ranging from directing and screenwriting to production and cinematography. Presenting an exciting array of screenings and premieres—that include new mainstream and independent works from JAPAN CUTS alumni and rising talents alongside a classics selection—The Female Gaze offers a much-needed deep dive into the remarkable and overlooked contributions of women in contemporary Japanese cinema.

Co-presented by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

Ticket Information:

GA
Member
Film + Q&A + Party
$21
$ 16
Filmmakers on the Rise
$5
Free
Film Screening
$15
$10

Series Trailer:

FRIDAY

Nov 11

7:00 pm

Comedy

Wedding High

Friday, November 11 at 7 pm
Followed by a post-screening discussion and Q&A with director Ohku, and an opening night party.

2022. 117 min. Directed by Akiko Ohku.

 

N.A. Premiere. A wedding becomes a catalyst for everyone present to live out their dreams and aspirations, however big or small they might be.

SATURDAY

Nov 12

1:00 pm

Drama/Comedy

Dreaming of the Meridian Arc

Saturday, November 12 at 1 pm
2022. 111 min. Directed by Kenji Nakanishi.

 

U.S. Premiere. Adapted for the screen by Yoshiko Morishita, Dreaming of the Meridian Arc offers an entertaining account of the exploits that led to the completion of Japan’s first map.

SATURDAY

Nov 12

5:00 pm

Drama

She is me, I am her

Saturday, November 12 at 5 pm
2022. 70 min. Directed by Mayu Nakamura.

 

World Premiere. Mayu Nakamura’s Covid-era quadriptych delves into the lives of women in COVID-era Japan, encapsulating the newfound anxieties of loneliness, insecurity and the struggle for connection within the depths of the pandemic lockdown.

SATURDAY

Nov 12

7:00 pm

Coming of Age

One Summer Story

Saturday, November 12 at 7 pm
2020. 138 min. Directed by Shuichi Okita.

 

NY Premiere. Lensed by DP Akiko Ashizawa, Shuichi Okita’s charming One Summer Story follows young Minami and her friend Shohei as she tries to investigate the whereabouts of her missing father.

SUNDAY

Nov 13

1:00 pm

Drama

Good Stripes

Sunday, November 13 at 1 pm
2015. 119 min. Directed by Yukiko Sode.

 

N.A. Premiere. Yukiko Sode’s charming second feature follows a couple’s sense of romantic rediscovery following a surprise pregnancy and shotgun wedding.

SUNDAY

Nov 13

4:00 pm

Drama

The Nighthawk’s First Love

Sunday, November 13 at 4 pm
2021. 98 min. Directed Yuka Yasukawa.

 

Int’l Premiere. Yuka Yasukawa’s second feature tells the story of Aiko, a young woman whose striking birthmark catches the attention of a filmmaker looking to adapt her story.

SUNDAY

Nov 13

7:00 pm

Drama

Her Brother

Sunday, November 13 at 7 pm
1960. 98 min. Directed by Kon Ichikawa.

 

Int’l Premiere of 4K Restoration. Adapted to the screen by celebrated screenwriter Yoko Mizuki, Her Brother is a moving, restrained family melodrama told from the viewpoint of a lonely yet resilient young woman obligated to her oppressive parents.

In collaboration with the National Film Archive of Japan

Monday

Nov 14

7:00 pm

Drama

Conflagration

Monday, November 14 at 7 pm

1958. 99 min. Directed by Kon Ichikawa.

Int’l Premiere of 4K Restoration. The pinnacle of Kon Ichikawa and screenwriter Natto Wada’s literary adaptations, Conflagration follows the spiritual and psychological breakdown of a priest’s apprentice in the halls of Kyoto’s Shukaku temple.

In collaboration with the National Film Archive of Japan

Tuesday

Nov 15

7:30 pm

Drama / Shorts

two of us / Long-Term Coffee Break

Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 pm

Followed by a post-screening discussion and Q&A with director Negishi and Fujita.

2019. 47 min. Directed by ​​Risa Negishi. / 2022. 30 min. Directed by Naoya Fujita.

 

Interpersonal relationships and human connection take to the forefront in these two shorts by  filmmakers Risa Negishi and Naoya Fujita.

Friday

Nov 18

5:00 pm

Drama

His Lost Name

Friday, November 18 at 5 pm
2019. 113 min. Directed by Nanako Hirose.

 

A small-town carpenter finds an unconscious man on a riverbank, taking him under his tutelage  in this sensitive debut drama.

Friday

Nov 18

8:00 pm

Drama

Riverside Mukolitta

Friday, November 18 at 8 pm

Followed by a post-screening discussion and Q&A with director Ogigami, and a reception.

2021. 121 min. Directed by Naoko Ogigami.

 

U.S. Premiere. A troubled former criminal moves into a rural apartment complex, getting to know its community of earnest (if audacious) locals and adapting to a quieter, simpler pace of life.

SATURDAY

Nov 19

1:00 pm

Period Drama

No Longer Human

Saturday, November 19 at 1 pm
2019. 120 min. Directed by Mika Ninagawa.

 

East Coast Premiere. Mika Ninagawa’s sumptuous biopic on icon Osamu Dazai focuses on the troubled novelist’s formative relationships with his wife and two mistresses during his late-career.

SATURDAY

Nov 19

4:00 pm

Panel Discussion

Women in Film

Saturday, November 19 at 4 pm

 

A unique discussion focusing on the advancement and increased visibility of female filmmakers in a global context as well as in both the U.S. and Japanese film industries.

SATURDAY

Nov 19

7:00 pm

Drama

Let Me Hear It Barefoot

Saturday, November 19 at 7 pm
2021. 128 min. Directed by Riho Kudo.

 

East Coast Premiere. Riho Kudo’s second feature delicately portrays the melancholia of young adulthood as two men commence a secretive romantic affair.

SUNDAY

Nov 20

1:00 pm

Coming of Age

Nagi's Island

Sunday, November 20 at 1 pm
2022. 107 min. Directed by Masahiko Nagasawa.

 

N.A. Premiere. Produced by Kumi Kobata, Nagi’s Island follows young Nagi as she bonds with her family and neighbors and overcomes the hurdles of childhood during one bustling summer vacation.

SUNDAY

Nov 20

4:00 pm

Drama

a stitch of life

Sunday, November 20 at 4 pm
2015. 104 min. Directed by Yukiko Mishima.

 

NY Premiere. A dressmaker devoted to her grandmother’s designs comes to a crossroads when she is approached to expand her shop and considers branching out beyond tradition.

SUNDAY

Nov 20

7:00 pm

Drama / Sci-Fi

Plan 75

Sunday, November 20 at 7 pm

2022. 112 min. Directed by Chie Hayakawa.

East Coast Premiere. Winner of Caméra d’Or Special Mention Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, Plan 75 is a fierce debut from filmmaker Chie Hayakawa, offering a dystopian vision of Japan’s aging crisis.