. . . on Friday, Apr. 10 at 7:00 pm for a sneak preview of Mrs. Noisy, our first screening of a female-directed, female- centric film in more than a year. “It all started with a single futon,” runs the tagline of this breezy dramedy, which tells the story of a struggling writer, Maki (Yukiko Shinohara), whose lovely new apartment turns into a battleground when her neighbor, Miwako (Yoko Ootaka), refuses to stop beating her futon on the balcony each dawn. Maki’s dangerous obsession with her oddball neighbor takes a dangerous turn when a video of the women fighting goes viral. Soon, multiple lives are spinning out of control, and as we learn more about Miwako’s background, Mrs. Noisy transforms into a deeply moving exploration of life’s gray zones. Filmmaker Chihiro Amano and her two stars, Yukiko Shinohara and Yoko Ootaka, will be on hand for the Q&A session. (Japan, 2019; 106 minutes; in Japanese with English subtitles)

— Karen Severns