October 2022

Join the Film Committee

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Join us on Monday, October 3 at 6 pm for a special screening of summer box-office hit Convenience Story. The phantasmagoric dramedy about a young screenwriter who finds himself trapped in another world is the brainchild of Japan Times film critic, author and international festival programmer Mark Schilling. Although director Satoshi Miki (What to Do with the Dead Kaiju?) is the film’s credited screenwriter, it’s clear that Schilling created this eccentric realm with the director in mind from the beginning — and indeed, he spent years developing the project at various film markets, with Miki’s name attached. The director is known for darkish whimsy, for conjuring the fantastical from the most mundane, unremarkable situations; while the renowned critic brings added tension and mythological dimensions to the story, along with an emotional punch that may be felt most deeply by those who have experienced their own detours on the path to creative success. Schilling will join Miki to discuss their unusual collaboration after the screening. (Convenience Story, Japan, 2022, 97 minutes, in Japanese with English subtitles).

Watch the trailer

Karen Severns is chair of the FCCJ Film Committee