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心が叫びたがってるんだ。

The Anthem of the Heart
(January Monthly Screening)

Anthem of the Heart is a heartbreakingly beautiful anime which was nominated for last year’s Japanese Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Jun Naruse was once a happy girl until a tragic choice of words tore her family apart. As punishment for her actions a magical fairy sealed away Jun’s ability to speak. Though she has resolved herself to this fate, a series of sudden changes in Jun’s life – including being given the lead in the school musical - could now restore her former happiness! A moving combination of opulent animation, gorgeous music and big emotion.

This massive popular and critical hit was directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai.

Starring (voices): Inori Minase, Kōki Uchiyama, Sora Amamiya, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yō Yoshida, and Keiji Fujiwara

Sunday January 29 at 1pm / 120 min
In Japanese with English subtitles

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淵に立つ

HARMONIUM (February Monthly Screening)

HARMONIUM is a shocking and ingenious twist on the traditional Japanese family drama that won the Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and much praise at TIFF.

Yasaka (the great Tadanobu Asano) - recently released from prison for murder - shows up unexpectedly at the door on a small family-run business. Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) offers him a job and accommodation in his house without telling his wife Akie (Mariko Tsutsui). It slowly become apparent that the two men share a dark unspoken secret. At first, Akie isn’t comfortable with Yasaka’s presence but gradually warms up, especially after Yasaka teaches Akie’s daughter how to play the harmonium. However, Yasaka starts making too many inroads in Toshio’s family and, when terrible accident occurs, Yasaka disappears…

Director Kôji Fukada has packed the film with plenty of jaw-dropping scenarios which question the complex relationships each family member shares with another. The film’s original title translates to “on the brink”, words that perfectly describe this riveting morality tale. An intense and unforgettable masterpiece.

Thursday, February 23 @ 7pm / 118min

In Japanese with English subtitles

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