. . . on Tues., Jan. 15 at 7:00 pm for the acclaimed feature debut of Nanako Hirose, His Lost Name. Like her mentor, Cannes Palm d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda, Hirose takes her time with her storytelling, and revelations do not arrive until long after the film’s opening scenes. A troubled young man (Yuya Yagira, winner of the Best Actor award at Cannes for Kore-eda’s Nobody Knows) is rescued from an apparent suicide attempt by taciturn widower Tetsuro (Kaoru Kobayashi of Midnight Diner), who gives him a place to stay, a job and most importantly, a sympathetic shoulder. But it’s soon clear that the young man isn’t the only one haunted by his past. Hirose will join us for the Q&A session after the screening.
(Japan, 2019; 113 minutes; in Japanese with English subtitles.)

– Karen Severns