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San Sebastian Film Festival to Feature 35 Films in 'Japanese Independent Cinema 2000-2015' Retrospective

19 August 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: San Sebastian Film Festival Announces 2015 Competition Titles The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival will have a retrospective focusing on independent cinema produced in Japan over the last 15 years. The category will include works from both first-time directors as well as some of the country's most experienced.  The "Japanese Independent Cinema 2000-2015" retrospective is organized by the San Sebastian Festival, CulturArts-ivac (Valencia), the Filmoteca Vasca, the San Telmo Museum and the San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016. The retrospective will also be accompanied by the publication of a book by Shozo Ichiyama, a Japanese producer and director of programming at the Tokyo Filmex International Film Festival.  The titles for the retrospective include: 1. "H Story" (2001)- Directed by Nobuhiro Suwa  2. "Sora no ana" ("Hole in the Sky") (2001)- Directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri  3. "Border »

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San Sebastian Sets Contempo Japan Retro

20 May 2015 1:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nobuhiro Suwa’s “H Story,” Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s “A Snake of June,” Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Bright Future,” Shion Sono’s Love Exposure,” Ryuichi Hiroki’s “Vibrator,” Masahiro Kobayashi’s “Bashing” and Naomi Kawase’s “Birth/Mother” are some titles included in New Japanese Independent Cinema 2000-2015, the first retrospective to be announced by September’s San Sebastian Festival.

Showcase will highlight outstanding filmmakers plus emerging talents working outside the big studios in order to enjoy larger creative freedom, explained fest sources.

All helmers made their debut after 2000.

Selected works take in Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s rumination on love “Hole in the Sky,” Sang-il Lee’s inter-generation battle “Border Line,” Nobuhiro Yamashita’s Jim Jarmush-ish “No One’s Ark” and Izumi Takahashi’s religious cults tale “The Soup, One Morning,”

Also in the mix: Hiromasa Hirosue’s school-based plot “Fourteen,” Nami Iguchi’s meller “Sex Is Not Laughing Matter,”  Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s prenuptial drama “Passion, »

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San Sebastian to offer Japanese indie cinema focus

7 May 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Retrospective will focus on Japanese independent cinema from the past 15 years and includes Cannes favourite Naomi Kawase.

The San Sebastian Film Festival is to programme a retrospective for its 63rd edition (Sept 18-26) titles New Japanese independent cinema 2000-2015.

Among the titles making up the retrospective from known directors are:

H Story (2001) by Nobuhiro Suwa;A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no hebi, 2002) by Shin’ya Tsukamoto;Bright Future (Akarui mirai, 2003) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa;Vibrator (2003) by Ryuichi Hiroki;Bashing (2005) by Masahiro Kobayashi;Birth/Mother (Tarachime, 2006) by Naomi Kawase;Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi, 2008) by Shion Sono.

The works of several new talents to have made their debut since 2000 include:

Hole in the Sky (Sora no ana, 2001) by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri,Border Line (2002) by Sang-il Lee,No One’s Ark (Baka no hakobune, 2003) by Nobuhiro Yamashita, The Soup, One Morning (Aru asa, soup wa, 2005) by Izumi Takahashi,Fourteen (Ju-yon-sai, 2007) by Hiromasa Hirosue,Sex Is Not Laughing Matter (Hito no sekkuso »

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