Friday, June 16 through Thursday, June 22
Howard Gilman Theater – 144 W. 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway)
Admission: $14/$11 affiliates, seniors, and students
Film Society Lincoln Center presents HARMONIUM (FUCHI NI TATSU), an explosive family drama by director Kôji Fukada.
Intended as a companion piece to the black comedy HOSPITALITÉ, HARMONIUM returns to the domestic sphere as it captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. Life for Toshio (Kanji Furutachi), his wife, Akie (Mariko Tsutsui), and their young daughter, Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa), carries on as usual until he hires the mysterious Mr. Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano from Thor), an old acquaintance dressed in white who has just been released from prison. HARMONIUM, also starring Taiga from Sweet Bean as Takashi, captivated critics and audiences alike during the 69th Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize.
Kôji Fukada is a filmmaker known for his technical precision and study of human character. Of his latest film, Fukada says, “HARMONIUM asks the question of the familial system. It must shake things up, show that original loneliness, and bring out the bonds that nevertheless endure. I think my 21st century ‘family portrait’ will question the spectator – in this society where people are beginning to realize that our conception of the family, which had protected us, while smothering us at the same time, was nothing more than an illusory construction.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Film Society Lincoln Center’s website.