FILMS / SKETCHES OF KAITAN CITY
SKETCHES OF KAITAN CITY / 海炭市叙景
JFF2011 Films

(c)2010 Yasushi Sato/"Sketches of Kaitan City" Production Committee.

> HIDEKO THE BUS CONDUCTRESS
> LIGHTNING
> WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS
> YEARNING
> THE MUNAKATA SISTERS
> IMMORTAL LOVE
> TIL WE MEET AGAIN
> THE STRAITS OF HUNGER
> THE YOUNG WOMEN OF IZU
> WHERE CHIMNEYS ARE SEEN
> WOMAN OF THE MIST
> STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES
> BIRTHRIGHT

> MOTHER WATER
> MEGANE
> POOL
> KAMOME DINER

> ANTENNA
> GREEN MIND METAL BATS
> SKETCHES OF KAITAN CITY
> THE DAYS AFTER

2010, 152 min, 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles, PG
Directed by KUMAKIRI Kazuyoshi / 熊切和嘉
Print Source – OPEN SESAME
SCREENING
9 Jul Sat - 7.00pm
(proceeds will be donated to the
Japanese Red Cross)

CLOSING FILM
10 Jul Sun - 7.00pm
(soldout)

Focus on KUMAKIRI Kazuyoshi

Based on an unfinished posthumous masterpiece written by Sato Yasushi, who led an unfortunate life, despite being compared alongside Murakami Haruki. With the support of Hakodate City, Kumakiri tenderly depicts Kaitan City and the hardships of its residents.

One winter, a brother and sister are dismissed from a shipyard due to a redundant downsizing in Kaitan City. They clasp the little money they have, and climb the mountain to see the New Year sunrise. An operator of a planetarium is hurt by his wife's betrayal. A young boss of a fuel company cannot contain his frustration. A son who doesn't get along with his father doesn't try to visit him during his homecoming. An old woman is pressed for eviction, and her cat disappears one day. Each of these events is small and commonplace. Trams run through, and snow piles in between these people's lives. While feeling the magnitude of the lost, regretting and weeping over it, all of them carry on. The series of events at Kaitan city during that winter may well be our own story.

KUMAKIRI Kazuyoshi
Born in Hokkaido in 1974. He hit the limelight with In 1997, his graduation work at Osaka University of Arts, Kichiku Dai Enkai(JFF2009) won a Pia Film Festival award, and was subsequently invited to Berlin International Film Festival Panorama section, eventually winning the Grand Prix at Taormina Film Festival that year. Kumakiri's sophomore project, Hole in the Sky (a.k.a. Sora no Ana) was made under the auspices of a PIA film festival (PFF) scholarship program, and was invited to both the Rotterdam and Berlin film festivals - an exceptional blessing, as both these festivals usually require European premieres. At Rotterdam, it was awarded Special Mention, International Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI). His third directorial effort, ANTENNA made its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival in 2003.
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Japanese Film Festival Singapore 2011 | シンガポール日本映画祭 2011 | July 2-10 | Gallery Theatre National Museum of Singapore