Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers

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November 22, 2017 – December 2, 2017 all-day
Courthouse Cinema
19-21 Great Marlborough St
Soho, London W1F 7HL
Irene Silvera Frischknecht
Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers @ Courthouse Cinema | England | United Kingdom

A free film season dedicated to celebrating the diverse and exceptional work by the new generation of female directors who have emerged from the Japanese archipelago in the last fifteen years.

A selection of four films, three of them UK premieres, will offer a glimpse into the distinctive voices of these writer-directors, whose work remains largely undiscovered outside their home country. Each with their particular style, these filmmakers have secured themselves a unique place in the current Japanese film industry. They have done so by occupying a narrative space that is neither mainstream nor fully arthouse, subverting genre boundaries, creating unparalleled new visions, and rarely adhering to a solely female-centric vision.

To complete the season, a panel discussion with Japanese cinema experts will examine the proliferation of female filmmakers in the modern Japanese film industry. In doing so, framing debate on the current position of women behind the scenes both in Japan and across the globe.

This season has been curated by Irene Silvera Frischknecht as part of the M.A. in Film Studies Programming and Curation at the National Film and Television School in collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in the U.K.


22nd November, 6.30pm, at the Embassy of Japan in the UK: Rent-a-Cat dir. Naoko Ogigami (2012)
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30th November, 6.30pm, at Courthouse Cinema: Bare Essence of Life: Ultra Miracle Love Story dir. Satoko Yokohama (2009)
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1st December, 6.30pm, at Courthouse Cinema: Death of a Japanese Salesman dir. Mami Sunada (2011)
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2nd December, 12pm, at Rich Mix: Wild Berries, dir. Miwa Nishikawa (2003)
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2nd December, 2.30pm, at Rich Mix: panel discussion with Jasper Sharp, Kate Taylor, Alejandra Armendáriz and Irene Silvera
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