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SPECIAL GUEST: TAKUMI SAITOH

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Runtime: 70 min / 2017
Director: Takumi Saitoh
Starring: Issey Takahashi, Lilly Franky, Misuzu Kanno, Sairi Ito, Mayu Matsuoka, Takumi Saitoh
Canadian Premiere

Superstar Takumi Saitoh’s feature-length directorial debut is set at the funeral of a man who recently returned home to his family after a 13-year absence, taking us through the mourning of a family blunted by resentment.

With the arrival of a group of eccentric mourners, their eulogies bring about a change of tone as the family discovers there was much more about their father’s life than they could have suspected. The film quietly evokes the enigma of discovering the private life of a loved one, whether dead or alive; and the elasticity of familial bonds.

Moving, funny and expertly acted and directed, the film won the Asian New Talent Award for Best Director at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Official Website and Trailer (in Japanese): www.blank13.com

SPECIAL GUEST: DIRECTOR/ACTOR TAKUMI SAITOH
In attendance to introduce his film and take audience questions

 

俳優・斎藤工が、映画監督・齊藤工として挑戦した長編監督デビュー作で、実話にもとづくオリジナル作品である。

たばこを買いに行くと言ってそのまま失踪した父。13年後に余命数か月で見つかる。前半の回想シーンでは、その失踪の前後の家族の姿が静かな暗い色調で描かれる。一転してライブ感あふれる、父の葬式場面でのアドリブ全開の後半。監督のこの二つを融合させるという果敢な挑戦は見事に成功し、第20回上海国際映画祭アジア新人部門で最優秀監督賞を受賞するなど、国内外の映画祭で高い評価を得ている。

 

監督:斎藤工  出演:高橋一生、リリー・フランキー、神野三鈴、松岡茉優、斎藤工