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Film Screening: Bare Essence of Life

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BARE ESSENCE OF LIFE | Director: Satoko Yokohama

6.30pm

Yojin is an energetic and troublesome young man who has his brain 'wired differently'. Working with his grandmother on their small organic vegetable farm, Yojin’s eccentric lifestyle changes when he meets Machiko, a primary school teacher who arrives from Tokyo, and he becomes self-destructively determined to win her heart. Satoko Yokohama's second feature film is impossible to categorise: a bizarre hybrid between comedy and offbeat surrealism, which takes a turn into existential reveries that bend all logic with bold originality.


Directed by Satoko Yokohama, 2009, 120 min, English subtitles

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Part of the season 'Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers'

A special 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.

This programme will offer a glimpse into the distinctive voices of these screenwriter-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 Japanese film industry by occupying a narrative space that is neither mainstream nor fully arthouse, subverting genre boundaries, and rarely adhering to a solely female-centric vision.

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