March 23 Screening of KAKERA A PIECE OF OUR LIFE

Jonathan M. Hall jmhall at
Wed Feb 17 00:46:40 EST 2010

Dear All,

Again, another screening at the Foreign Correspondents' Press Club in Tokyo on March 23.
Lesbian-themed feature films are rare anywhere.

If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP to Karen Severns at kjs30 at gol,com

Jonathan M Hall

followed by a Q&A session with the film’s writer-director, Momoko Ando
TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010. 7 P.M. 20th floor

Japan, 2009. 107 minutes
In Japanese, with English subtitles

Directed and written by Momoko Ando
Produced by Sakura Momoyama, Keiko Watanabe
Starring Hikari Mitsushima, Eriko Nakamura, Tasuku Nagaoka

Film courtesy of Pictures Department

The Movie Committee is pleased to present "Kakera: A Piece of our Life"
ahead of its theatrical release in Japan on April 3. Kakera also opens
in London on the same day, marking the first such simultaneous release
ever for a Japanese film.

"Kakera" is the vibrant debut feature of Momoko Andô, one of Japan's most
exciting new female filmmakers. A delicate and humorous exploration of
sexuality and youth, the film follows the relationship between Haru
(Mitsushima), a college student with an indifferent boyfriend, and Riko
(Nakamura), a bisexual medical artist who makes prosthetic body parts.
After their chance meeting in a coffee shop, Haru and Riko begin a
tentative relationship that soon becomes all-encompassing, but not quite
all-fulfilling. Based on the best-selling manga "Love Vibes" by Erika
Sakurazawa, and featuring a soundtrack by James Iha, former guitarist of
The Smashing Pumpkins, "Kakera" is a nuanced portrait of love, friendship,
identity and gender, illuminating the intensity and confusion of the
journey toward maturity.

At its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London last
autumn, "Kakera" was met with rave reviews for its "effervescent" handling
of the relationship between two young women as they "partly fumble - and
partly hurdle - towards adulthood." Stockholm Film Festival Director Git
Scheynius called it a "mesmerizing debut with delicate performances... low
key, yet powerful." "Kakera" was also selected to screen at the Glasgow Film
Festival and the Kinotayo Film Festival in Paris, where it received the
Beautiful Cinemascope Award.

Writer-director Momoko Andô, a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art
in London, is the daughter of actor/director Eiji Okuda and essayist
Kazu Ando, and the sister of rising actress Sakura Ando ("Love Exposure,"
"Ain’t No Tomorrows").

All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events restricted to
FCCJ members and their guests.

Karen Severns, Edwin Karmiol, Movie Committee

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