First Look 2017 Festival to Screen Two Japanese Feature Films

 

 

First Look 2017, the Museum of the Moving Image’s festival for innovative new cinema, will run from Friday, January 6 through Monday, January 16 and will screen two features by Japanese filmmakers, one established and one emerging.

Courtesy: Film Movement

After the Storm

Friday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Museum of the Moving Image – 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria

Admission: $20/$15 members at the Silver Screen members and above, Film Lover level, and MoMI Kids Premium levels

The Opening Night film is After the Storm, the New York premiere of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film, which opens in theaters in New York on March 17.

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Maki) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to find his footing and maintain a relationship with his young son, until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

The screening will be followed by a reception.

 

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Out There

Saturday, January 7 at 4:00 p.m.

Museum of the Moving Image – 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria

Admission: $15/Free members at the Silver Screen members and above, Film Lover level, and MoMI Kids Premium levels

Released in 2016, Out There is Japanese director Takehiro Ito’s first independent feature film.

A hybrid of fiction and documentary, and navigating mysteriously between the cities of Tokyo and Taipei, Ito’s beguiling film follows a director looking for a new actor so that he can resurrect a stalled film project. This actor is Chun Chih Ma (as himself), born in Taiwan, who wanders around Tokyo on roller blades. More than searching for a place, he is searching for an emotion: the feeling of being home. The two men wonder how one can exist in this world. Travelling back and forth through secret gates between Tokyo and its former colony, Taiwan, Out There is in turns a documentary, a film within a film, a love story, and a story about wandering. Following Edward Yang’s footsteps (the film starts from a failed documentary project on this Taiwanese director), Ito has also created a film in which the cities are among the main characters.

Ito will appear in person for the screening.

German filmmaker Ute Aurand’s short Sakura, Sakura will be screened as part of On Resistance: International Avant-Garde Films and Videos on Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. The film is about two Japanese ladies Aurand met in Nara and Roppongi in 2010.

The First Look Festival pass is $45 and good for admission to all of the films in the festival. All tickets include same-day admission to the Museum. To purchase tickets, please visit the Museum of the Moving Image’s website.

Featured image courtesy: Film Movement

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