Sneak Preview Screening: "AU REVOIR L’ETE (Hotori no Sakuko)" followed by a Q&A session with
director Koji Fukada, producer-actor Kiki Sugino and star Fumi Nikaido
Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm*
*Please note early start time.
In Japanese with English subtitles
Japan, 2013 125 minutes
Executive producers: Kousuke Ono, Makoto Adachi, Mikiyo Miyata, Kazuyoshi Okuyama
Writer-director: Koji Fukada
Producers: Kiki Sugino, Koji Fukada
Cast: Fumi Nikaido, Mayu Tsuruta, Taiga, Kanji Furutachi, Kiki Sugino, Tadahishi Otake
Film courtesy of Wa Entertainment
Three years after their blackly humorous “Hospitalité” scooped up awards and wowed international audiences, director Koji Fukada and producer Kiki Sugino return with a charming homage to the French New Wave that wears its influence on its colorful sleeve. “Au Revoir L’eté” is the first in a planned series of films about its heroine, 18-year-old Sakuko (the beguiling Nikaido, of “Himizu” fame), whom we meet as she arrives with her Aunt Mikie (Tsuruta) in the countryside during the waning days of summer. Mikie is finishing up a book on Indonesia, so Sakuko spends her days exploring. She soon meets a variety of local characters, befriends Takashi (Taiga), a Fukushima refugee who works part-time at his uncle’s illegally operated love hotel, and observes the increasingly complicated love lives of her aunt and other adults with growing interest.
When Takashi is tricked into speaking at an antinuke rally, the film’s social conscience comes to the fore, but its genial center remains with the captivating Sakuko. A ray of summer warmth for a frigid January, “Au Revoir L’eté” is leisurely paced and gently comical, punctuated by an emotional punch or two.
The film has just won the Grand Prix for Best Film at the Nantes Film Festival in France, and the Best Director Award for Fukada at the Tallinn Black Nights Festival. Pease join us for this sneak preview before the theatrical release in January 2014.
For more on “Au Revoir L’eté” (in Japanese):
http://sakukofilm.com/, also https://www.facebook.com/pages/映画ほとりの朔子/407466689331347
Writer-director Koji Fukada started making indie films in 2002, winning the Soleil d' Or at the Kinotayo Film Festival for his first, “La Grenadière.” His 2008 film “Human Comedy in Tokyo” was awarded the top prize at CINEDRIVE2010 and played many other international festivals. “Hospitalité” received the Japanese Eyes Award at Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010 and the NETPAC Award at PiFAN, among other honors, and went on to screen at more than 50 international festivals. “Au Revoir L’eté” premiered in competition at Tokyo International Film Festival in 2013.
Producer-actor Kiki Sugino studied in Seoul during university and made her screen debut in the leading role in Korean film “One Shining Day.” In 2010, she produced and starred in Koji Fukada’s “Hospitalité,” winning the Best New Actress Award at the Yokohama Film Festival. She also produced and starred in “Odayaka” (Nobuteru Uchida, 2012) and received the Best New Creator and Actress Award from Okinawa International Film Festival, and the Best New Producer Award from the Japanese Professional Movie Awards. She has already been the focus of special sections devoted to her work, at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival and the 2013 Taipei Film Festival. Later this year, we can look forward to two new films in which she stars: “Sala” (Kotaro Wajima) and her directorial debut, “Kyoto Elegy.”
Although she is not yet 20, Fumi Nikaido has already received international acclaim. She made her acting debut in Koji Yakusho’s “Toad’s Oil” in 2009, and starred in Yu Irie’s indie hit “Ringing in Their Ears” in 2011. That same year, she received the Marcello Mastroianni Award at Venice Film Festival for her role in Sion Sono’s Fukushima-themed film “Himizu.” Nikaido has also appeared in Takashi Miike’s “Lesson of the Evil” (2012), Tomoyuki Takimoto’s “Brain Man” (2013), and Sono’s “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” (2013). Watch for her this year in Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s “My Man” and Tesuya Nakajima’s “Kawaki.”
The lobby bar will be serving a range of drinks before the screening, from 6:00 - 6:30 pm, available to both members and guests. Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below. You may attend the Q&A session without attending the screening, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive.
All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events primarily for FCCJ members and their guests.
Karen Severns, Edwin Karmiol, Movie Committee