Hirokazu Kore-eda Retrospective
The Chicago International Film Festival is honored to bring illustrious Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda to Chicago for a special tribute and retrospective of key films from his career.
On March 14 and 15, we will present new 2k digital restorations of Kore-eda’s beloved masterworks Nobody Knows, Still Walking, and Like Father, Like Son. The weekend will culminate with an in-person tribute and presentation of the Festival’s Artistic Achievement Award to director Kore-eda on March 15. The tribute will be followed by a special presentation of his most recent film, The Truth, featuring a post-screening Q&A.
Acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s more than 25 year career has garnered numerous prestigious awards including the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for 2018’s Shoplifters and the Chicago International Film Festival’s Gold Hugo for Best Film for his 1995 feature debut Maborosi. His first feature shot outside Japan, The Truth, starring French film legends Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, made its U.S. premiere at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival last October.
Tickets & Location
Tickets for the screenings are $10 for Cinema/Chicago Members, $12 General, except The Truth and tribute (see below for cost).
All screenings take place at:
Landmark Century Centre Cinema
2828 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Saturday, March 14, 2020
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.
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.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Like Father, Like Son
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.
with Tribute to Hirokazu Kore-eda
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. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda in person for tribute and post-film discussion.
Screening preceded by VIP reception honoring the director’s career. Tickets are $25 for the film only; VIP tickets are $60 and include pre-film reception and reserved seating.
About Hirokazu Kore-eda
Born 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.