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打ち上げ花火、下から見るか?横から見るか?

FIREWORKS

Nobuyuki Takeuchi and Akiyuki Shinbo‘s gorgeous romantic fantasy is set over the course of a single day.
Norimichi and his friend Yusuke are both secretly in love with their classmate Nazuna but are too nervous to confess their feelings. Which of them will get the chance to escort her to the annual fireworks festival in the evening? And will Nazuna follow her secret plan to run away to the city?
With its young love, metaphysical questioning, and tranquil small-town setting , a must see for fans of Your Name.

Voiced by Masaki Suda and Suzu Hirose.

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Sunday February 18 at 2pm / 90 min
In Japanese with English subtitles

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彼らが本気で編むときは、

CLOSE-KNIT

Naoko Ogigami’s deeply humane and heartwarming drama won the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Audince Choice Award at New York’s Japan Cuts Festival.

11-year-old Tomo (Rinka Kakihara) is abandoned by her mother. She is taken in by her uncle Makio (Kenta Kiritani) lives with his beautiful girlfriend Rinko (Toma Ikuta). Rinko is a transgendered woman who works as a caregiver at a home for the elderly. Together the three start their new life as a family. A beautiful, brave and extraordinary film.

Thursday February 22 at 7pm / 127 min
In Japanese with English subtitles

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聲の形

A SILENT VOICE

Winner of the 2017 Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animation. The moving story of Shoya, a school bully, and Shoko, a young girl with a hearing disability.

In sixth grade Shoko transfers to Shoya’s school and soon finds herself picked on. Years later Shoya, tormented over his past, decides he must see Shoko once more to make amends for what he did in elementary school and be Shoko’s friend.

Naoko Yamada’s deeply humane and visu¬ally gorgeous coming-of-age tale depicts the struggles and challenges of adolescence.
Based on the manga by Yoshitoki Oima.

Sunday March 11 at 2pm / 129 min
In Japanese with English subtitles

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散歩する侵略者

BEFORE WE VANISHED

Acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest masterpiece reinvents the science-fiction film as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery.

Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence – good, evil, property, family, belonging – leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones.

Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, the film reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema’s most unique auteurs – and the value of the human spirit.

Starring Masami Nagasawa, Ryuhei Matsuda and Hiroki Hasegawa

Thursday March 29 at 7pm / 129 min
In Japanese with English subtitles

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