Kore-eda Retrospective

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Hirokazu Kore-eda Retrospective

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The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority. Following the lead of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who have strongly recommended the cancellation or postponement of gatherings of 250 or more people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel our upcoming screening of The Truth this Sunday March 15.

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Film Still: The Truth

The Truth Cancelled

Sunday, March 15 • 6:00pm
2019 • Japan • 106 min

Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche play a mother and daughter at odds in master director Kore-eda’s first foray outside of his native Japan. After her movie star mother Fabienne (Deneuve) publishes a controversial memoir, screenwriter Lumir (Binoche) returns to France with husband Hank (Ethan Hawke) and child in tow. Fabienne is shooting her newest film, Memories of My Mother, and the on-screen and on-set worlds become increasingly and amusingly intertwined in this shrewd exploration of reality and fiction, family and forgiveness.

Tickets are $20.

Film Still: Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows Cancelled

Saturday, March 14 • 1:00pm
2004 • Japan • 141 min

The image of three young children emerging from the suitcases of mother Keiko and dutiful 12-year-old son Akira as they move into a cramped Tokyo flat presents the first of several unnerving signs in this ripped-from-the-headlines story. Single mother Keiko comes and goes from their lives, but when she disappears for good, the children, led by Akira, must figure out how to survive on their own without being discovered. Unease gives way to unyielding tension, captured by the largely handheld cinematography in which tightly framed detail inserts—clenched fists, tapping feet, small objects—convey the darkening mood as we enter the rich inner lives of the children.

Film Still: Still Walking

Still Walking Cancelled

Saturday, March 14 • 4:00pm
2008 • Japan • 114 min

Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) is the 40-year-old “second son” of the Yokoyamas, a family bound equally by love, deeply held resentments, and unspeakable sorrows. On a rare visit home, Ryota brings his new wife, a widow, and her ten-year-old child, as his parents and sister’s family gather to remember Junpei, the eldest son, who died in an accident 15 years earlier. The family and the home, once a flourishing medical clinic, are weighed down by former glory and unfulfilled promise. Marked by low interior shots and a strong sense of intimacy in a style reminiscent of Ozu Yasujiro, director Kore-eda captures the small joys of familial life and the near impossibility of forgiveness with poignancy and compassion.

Film Still: Like Father Like Son

Like Father, Like Son Cancelled

Sunday, March 15 • 3:00pm
2013 • Japan • 120 min

In this winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, hard-working architect Ryota spends his days meticulously planning his family’s future. His plans are turned upside down when he and his wife discover that, due to a hospital mix-up six years earlier, their young son Keita is not their own. The foundations of their identities as loving parents begin to crumble as they must negotiate their newly complicated circumstances, meeting their biological child and sending Keita to live with this new family.

About Hirokazu Kore-eda

Photo: Hirokazu Kore-edaBorn in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan, illustrious director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s auspicious 1995 feature debut Maborosi received great critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Chicago International Film Festival’s Gold Hugo for Best Film. Over the past 25 years, his films have garnered numerous prestigious awards, including Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for Yuya Yagira in 2004’s Nobody Knows, the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for 2013’s Like Father, Like Son, and the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018 for Shoplifters. He is one of the most awarded and critically acclaimed directors working in cinema today.

In 2019, his first feature shot outside Japan, The Truth, starring French film legends Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, opened the Official Competition at the Venice International Film Festival and made its U.S. premiere at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival last October.


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