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A Dobugawa Dream + Short Film: Backpedal + Q&A

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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After the death of his classmate, a young boy shuts himself away from his friends and family.

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PLEASE NOTE director Asato Watanabe and main actor Yuwa Kitagaki will attend the Q&A

Directed by Asato Watanabe

Narrative Feature / Japan / 82 mins

Strand: Men in Crisis

International Premiere / In Competition

Screening: Monday 23 September 21:00 | Tuesday 24 September 16:00

Review:

A DOBUGAWA DREAM follows a young man named Tatsumi, who is trapped in a claustrophobic home having been cripplingly disturbed by the suicide of a close friend. He finally flees, and wanders the streets without a job or a home. After a particularly absurd sequence, he meets the eccentric Tsuchiro, an older man with his own inner battles. The two strike up a bizarre friendship, and Tatsumi finds what could be described as a substitute family in this strange, surreal world of suburban Japan, formed of Tsuchiro; a barmaid; a dancer; and a hapless police officer.

Asato Watanabe directs this absurdist, no-budget film which approaches its subject from a completely different angle to most other films. Instead of using a calmly melancholic tone to match its sombre subject, Watanabe presents displays of realism and surrealism, scattered spasmodically with absurdist comedy. The sound design is particularly striking, providing a disorienting beat to every single action, small or great, from the lighting of a match to tapping of shogi pieces on a board. The sound is as important to the film as the visuals. The film regularly spasms into surreal interludes that represent the protagonist’s own fractured psyche, but there is solace to be had in this peculiar world. / Review by George Chadwick

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Credits:

Director: Asato Watanabe

Executive Producer: Asato Watanabe

Producer: Asato Watanabe

Writers: Asato Watanabe, Junpei Miyazaki

Cast: Yuwa Kitagaki, Takahiro Fujita, Tatsuo Kasano, Mayumi, Hito Mi-chan

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Backpedal

Directed by Dani Pearce

Narrative Short / Australia / 6 mins

UK Premiere

In a surreal synapse, a woman laments her teen years, her hometown, and the death of a friend.

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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